Double Olympic gold medallist James Cracknell, TV presenter Ben Fogle and Doctor Ed Coats compete in one of the world’s greatest challenges – the 2009 race to the South Pole - the first organised race since Scott and Amundsen almost 100 years ago.
The challenge they face is immense: a 500 mile cross country skiing race to the South Pole, on the windiest, coldest, highest and driest continent in the world; winds of almost 50 and 100mph, constant daylight, temperatures as low as minus 50ºc and a steadily increasing altitude up to the equivalent of 4,000m.
If that wasn’t enough, they must survive each other’s company, day in and day out, for up to 45 days. And on top of that, they have to train their bodies to face the harshest conditions known to man, pull a sled behind them weighing almost 170lbs, escape deadly crevasses, stuff their bodies with over 6,000 calories a day, and ski for up to 18 hours a day.
Have they got what it takes to win the race?
Presenter Ben Fogle, Olympian James Cracknell and Hollywood actor Jonny Lee Miller come together to run the London Marathon - part of their training for the race to the South Pole. But after less than expected results, the team start to fracture and then Jonny pulls out due to work commitmnents, leaving Ben and James in desperate need of a third team mate.
With the race start only months away, they hold a public selection weekend and start to whittle down the hopeful applicants to the final few. After more rigourous testing, they finally select Dr Ed Coats, a 27-year-old gynaecologist from Bristol. But the team have a lot of catching up to do, and after a week of hell on a glacier in Switzerland, where they finally learn to work together as a team, all seems well - until Ben discovers he has a potentially lethal tropical illness that could stop them in their tracks.
Rls Date : 06 July 2009
Air Date : 06 July 2009
Format : PDTV
Resolution: 640 X 352
Audio : 128 ish VBR
Size : 50 Files 700MB
Genre : Documentary
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