Suffolk man, 61, reaches Pole

AN ECSTATIC explorer from Suffolk has thanked everyone for their support after he triumphed against adversity to reach the South Pole.

Richard Smith

AN ECSTATIC explorer from Suffolk has thanked everyone for their support after he triumphed against adversity to reach the South Pole.

Peter Hammond was the oldest adventurer taking part in a race of six teams to the South Pole.

The 61-year-old from Ufford, near Woodbridge, overcame altitude sickness at the start of the race this month.


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Then Mr Hammond and his team member 60-year-old Tess Burrows had problems during the race and it is understood they received assistance to enable them to finish the epic feat.

Although they reached the South Pole before some of the other teams they officially came last because of the help they had during the event.

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The pair are now recovering at the South Pole and last nightthey read out messages of peace - one of the reasons they took part was to highlight the need for peace and environmental controls in the world.

They were also giving a warm welcome to other teams as they finished the race.

Ms Burrows was the first grandmother to reach the South Pole and, on behalf of herself and Mr Hammond, she thanked the thousands of well-wishers who have sent messages and followed their progress.

Ms Burrows, from Surrey, said the temperature was -22C and they were dreaming of returning to England and a warmer climate.

She said: ''We are looking forward to civilisation and all that brings. The talk is mostly about food and things which we will do on our return.''

The duo's team was Southern Lights which focused on making a difference to the plight of the planet and they covered 430 nautical miles across the largest ice cap in the world to the geographic South Pole.

The Amundsen Omega 3 South Pole race was the first race to the South Pole for almost 100 years since the famous duel between Scott and Amundsen.

Southern Lights reached the South Pole at 5.30pm on Friday and they expect to be back in England on February 3.

Mr Hammond, a former insurance manager, is a climbing and mountaineering instructor at the Mid Suffolk Leisure Centre, Stowmarket, and he is raising money for Climb for Tibet, the WWF and the MS Society.

The race was won by a team from Norway. A team including Ben Fogle, James Cracknell and Ed Coats from England came second.

richard.smith@eadt.co.uk

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