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Madagascar

“Security!” came the shout from behind as four of us threw ourselves into the bottom of the raft, clinging on for dear life. We didn’t need telling twice! As we headed down the first section of rapids this felt a … Continue reading

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Two Years On

Has it really been 2 years already? The anniversary of reaching the South Pole seems a good time to pause and reflect on the events of the last 2 years. In particular the latest 6 months have been full of … Continue reading

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“Self-Belief and Duct Tape”

A quick update for anyone who was interested in my last post. As I mentioned previously, I was delighted to be asked to present the Gold D of E awards to Scouts at St James’ Palace last week. More information … Continue reading

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St James’ Palace

I was honored and delighted today to be invited to St James’ Palace to present 42 Scouts with their Duke of Edinburgh Gold awards. They each had fantastic stories about their expeditions (not all in the British rain!) and the … Continue reading

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Opportunities

Hi all, It’s been a very busy couple of months up here in Newcastle so let me just highlight a few of the amazing things I’ve been a part of: – Secret project with the Scouts at Gilwell Park, stay … Continue reading

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Nottingham Girls High School Connect Magazine

The January 2013 issue of the NGHS connect magazine has now been released here. Check out the covers and a 2 page article on the record-breaking expedition featuring extracts that I wrote for the magazine. Seeing as one NGHS student … Continue reading

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Expedition Anniversary

Wow, a whole 12 months has passed already since that morning when Lisa, Bob and I finally trudged into the Scott-Amundsen camp site. As I’m sure many have said before me, there is no place quite like Antarctica. Having been back … Continue reading

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Anniversary message from Helen (Bryony’s Mum)

Today is the first anniversary of Bryony Balen’s record-breaking achievement to become the youngest British woman to ski 713 miles from the coast of Antarctica to the South Pole. Paul and I (her parents!) are immensely proud of her – … Continue reading

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1 Year On

So it’s hard to believe that one year ago today our team had just landed at the Hercules Inlet and completed our first day of skiing. My feet are aching from the thought of that first 13km yet a very … Continue reading

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Fundraising total for the Great North Run

I am delighted to announce that mine and Robert’s entry into the 2012 Great North Run raised over £900 for the Calvert Trust Kielder, smashing our £600 target. Many thanks for all of the support, we couldn’t have achieved this … Continue reading

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