Cirencester business helps television presenter conquer the South Pole

Blue Peter presenter Helen Skelton at the South Pole

Dr Ian Davis and research scientist Scott Paulin at the South Pole

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BLUE Peter presenter Helen Skelton has conquered the South Pole and set a new world record – with help from a Cirencester company.

Helen took part in the 500-mile trek for BBC Sport Relief and set a new world record by completing a 100km kite ski in seven hours 28 minutes.

Poole Keynes-based adventure company Extreme World Races provided logistical support for the six-week expedition, in which the 40-person team faced temperatures as low as –45C.

The company’s operations manager Andy Harvey paid tribute to Helen’s hard work in reaching the goal.

“It all went fantastically,” he said.

“She is a wonderful lady and the BBC were wonderful too.

“We provided a fleet of trucks which are tailor-made for this environment and can pretty much go anywhere, so it mostly went off without a hitch.”

A doctor from Cirencester also took part in the expedition, and was on hand to treat frostbite, broken bones and pneumonia.

This was just the latest in a series of treks undertaken by Dr Ian Davies of Premier Medical Group Surgery in Rendcome, having previously been involved in an expedition to the North Pole with Top Gear.

“The trip was fantastic, Helen showed such strength and determination throughout and it was great to raise money for charity along the way,” he added.

To learn more about Sport relief, visit bbc.co.uk/sportrelief/

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4:01pm Sat 24 Mar 12

Not Postman Pat says...

"A doctor from Cirencester also took part in the expedition, and was on hand to treat frostbite, broken bones and pneumonia"...really? There was me thinking that perhaps they were there to provide mechanical expertise or meterological advice.
I just wonder how big the features would be if they removed the obvious?
Regardless of which well done to all concerned.
"A doctor from Cirencester also took part in the expedition, and was on hand to treat frostbite, broken bones and pneumonia"...really? There was me thinking that perhaps they were there to provide mechanical expertise or meterological advice. I just wonder how big the features would be if they removed the obvious? Regardless of which well done to all concerned. Not Postman Pat
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3:43am Wed 28 Mar 12

walterparkgate says...

They should have taken a lawyer really, I know just the chap.
They should have taken a lawyer really, I know just the chap. walterparkgate
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