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Posted on Wednesday 18th January

The Duke of Cambridge has praised members of a British Army expedition who completed a gruelling recreation of the Scott-Amundsen race to the South Pole on the centenary anniversary of Captain Scott's arrival there, 17 January 2012, in aid of The Royal British Legion.

Warrant Officer Mark Langridge and Staff Sergeants Kev Johnson and Vic Vicary made up the Scott team and marked the points where each member of Scott's team on the original expedition died. The Amundsen team – Lt Col Henry Worsley (who has been tweeting about the expedition @Race_tothe_Pole) and WO2 Lou Rudd – retraced the route of the Norwegian adventurer and arrived at the geographical South Pole last week.

Expedition members read diary extracts from the original expeditions by way of encouragement as they braved temperatures as low as minus 51C and covered a combined distance of 1,500 nautical miles.

As Patron of the Scott Amundsen centenary race 2011/2012, Prince William sent a message of congratulations to the team:

'As a serving Officer, it makes me so proud that, with the staunch support of The Royal British Legion, it is British soldiers who have achieved this great feat.  Four out of the five men who went forward as Scott’s final party were Servicemen too.  How proud they would be too of what you have achieved in their memory.'

For more information about the expedition including video and audio clips, or to make a donation, visit the website.

Further Reading

Scott of the Antarctic

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Scott of the Antarctic

(Hardback - 224 pages)
by Sue Blackhall

Captain Robert Falcon Scott CVO (6 June 1868 – 29 March 1912) was a Royal Navy officer and explorer who led two expeditions to the Antarctic regions. During the second venture, Scott led a party of five which reached the South Pole on 17 January 1912, only to find that they had been preceded by Roald Amundsen's Norwegian expedition. On their return journey, Scott and his four comrades all perished from a combination of exhaustion,… Read more...

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