British lawyer and extreme endurance athlete Jenny Davis has set her sights on the South Pole, announcing today her bid to smash the record for the fastest solo expedition to the pole by a woman. She will undertake the 715-mile expedition completely unsupported and unassisted, hauling with her an 80kg sled containing everything she’ll need during the month-long expedition.
Jenny’s “Solo to the South Pole, Delivered by DHL” attempt is due to begin on Friday 7th December after she has climbed Mount Vinson in Antarctica as an early honeymoon with fiancée Matthew Wordsworth.
Jenny will also be raising money and awareness for Women in Sport and Children in Need as she trains and during the expedition itself.
The challenge is being used as a chance to generate new data for ground-breaking research, with Jenny teaming up with the University of Coventry to help study behaviour and perception under extreme conditions of isolation and environment. The University of Coventry will also produce a case study on how female endurance athletes perform in such extreme conditions as Antarctica, forming part of the Polar and Altitude metabolic registry with the support of the Mount Everest Foundation.
Jenny is also a Polar Ambassador to the UK on behalf of STEM Learning and has visited schools across the country to deliver the Polar Explorer programme. As part of their curriculum, schools will be following her progress in Antarctica live via her blog, and will be able to post questions that Jenny will answer en route.
Jenny commented: “I’ve been training for this solo attempt to the South Pole for over two years, which has been really challenging mentally and physically, so I can’t wait to get out there and push myself to break the world record.
“While I’ll be completely alone on the ice, my expedition partners have been invaluable in their support and funding throughout my training. It will be a huge challenge, but I’ve been competing in endurance races for years, including the Marathon des Sables and Arctic Ultra 250, so I’m best prepared for what lies ahead.”