Diary: Hanson-Smith drags rubber to gain pole position in the charity stakes

With temperatures as low as minus 68 degrees, hauling a 70kg sledge across 150 kilometres of frozen sea might not be everybody’s idea of fun.

With temperatures as low as minus 68 degrees, hauling a 70kg sledge

across 150 kilometres of frozen sea might not be everybody’s idea of

fun.



But when Julian Hanson-Smith, of City PR firm Financial Dynamics, sets

out to join the eminent list of Arctic explorers, which includes Sir

Ranulph Fiennes, he will also be setting out to prove that with

motivation and preparation ordinary people can do extraordinary

things.



’Polar trekking is the most isolated way of having a bad time ever

devised by man,’ says Hanson-Smith, who has been spending his nights

dragging tyres around the countryside by way of training.



It’s all in a good cause, of course.



’We are walking to the ends of the earth for the children who can’t walk

at all,’ Hanson-Smith explains.



The five-man team hopes to raise pounds 100,000 for the charity

Whizz-Kidz, which provides specialised wheelchairs to children with

mobility problems.



After being dropped by ski-plane at 89 degrees north the team aim to

cover 13 kilometres per day to reach ’that last degree’.



Although the expedition will have a back-up team seven hours flight

away, it will be the first time a British team has attempted this

journey without resupply.



But there is one consolation, Hanson-Smith is leaving his mobile at

home, so there will be no late-night calls from worried clients.



’I’m going to enjoy the peace,’ he says.



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