Telegraph columnists lead Antarctic race

Telegraph columnists James Cracknell and Ben Fogle have taken the lead on the first day of their race to the South Pole.

Their group, Team QinetiQ, pushed ahead of the five other teams yesterday in the Amundsen Omega 3 South Pole Race – a challenging 495-mile trek across the world’s largest icecap.

Speaking to The Telegraph yesterday, Cracknell said they were finding the trek ‘surprisingly tiring’despite weeks of training.

He said: ‘We have done 35 kilometres [22 miles] and we have got slightly sore feet but everyone is in very good spirits.”

The race, which is expected to last a month, is based on the famous contest between Captain Scott and Roald Amundsen nearly 100 years ago.

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