Solo to the South Pole 2018
“What we can or cannot do, what we consider possible or impossible, is rarely a function of our true capability. It is more likely a function of our beliefs about who we are.” – Anthony Robbins
Extreme endurance athlete Jenny Davis is excited to announce her next and ultimate expedition for 2018.
Beginning from Hercules Inlet in Antarctica, the recognised start point on the geographical coastline for solo expeditions, Jenny will be attempting to ski 715 miles to the South Pole. The attempt will be solo, unsupported and unassisted meaning Jenny will receive no outside assistance during the attempt and will be hauling a 60kgs pulk carrying her tent, food and equipment. As ever, she’s in a hurry to get there, and is determined to continue to inspire thousands of individuals across the globe by doing so.
Subject to securing the remaining funding required, the start date of the expedition is set for November 2018.
Jenny is a proud Ambassador of the charities Free to Run and Women in Sport and has set herself a fundraising target of £100,000 for each charity. These charities represent Jenny’s values and the work they carry out mirrors her own ambition: to encourage young girls to become involved in sport and explore the great outdoors.
Jenny is contacted by women all over the world who’ve been inspired by her racing endeavours and career to date. “Inspired” is the common thread running through all these messages of support, however for some time Jenny has wanted to take this further and encourage individuals to turn that inspiration into something tangible.
We’re looking for mass participation whereby individuals and schoolchildren across the UK pledge to take on a new challenge or goal in the same amount of time it takes Jenny to reach the South Pole. This doesn’t have to be an athletic achievement but will lean towards it and can include anything from running a 10k race, mastering a fear of public speaking or learning how to code.
“If there’s one thing I want to achieve it is to inspire schoolchildren to realise they’re capable of more than they ever dreamed of. I’d like nothing more than a child to be following my attempt and to realise it’s something they themselves could tackle one day.”
Recent research by Women in Sport sought to determine when and why women become disengaged with sport. More importantly, they also looked into how “influencers” can positively impact girls’ belief systems around what they can achieve. It is clear from the research that children lack female role models and inspirational sports women’s stories. Therefore to inspire change, children must be presented with stories of women in sport overcoming adversity to achieve their sporting-goals.
To encourage young children to continue to engage in sport as they grow up Jenny is planning to team up with Women in Sport and the Duke of Edinburgh Awards. She will embark on a UK-wide school tour to talk about her expedition and participate at school prize giving ceremonies. Education is a paramount outcome for this expedition and the desire to achieve a new world record is to ensure maximum publicity on both Jenny’s fundraising efforts and her desire to inspire individuals to take on new challenges.
Jenny has been in training for this solo attempt for the last two years and has participated in the world’s most renowned and toughest races as preparation.
With the final training events in 2018 such as the infamous Marathon des Sables selected, Jenny has worked with her coaches and sponsors to ensure she will be in peak condition. Jenny is spending three weeks in Norway this February on a polar training expedition to prepare for a solo attempt of this undertaking. Later in the year she will then spend 20 days on a solo expedition in Alaska for training and to carry out final testing on her equipment.
Scientific Research and Data Collection
Jenny will also be collaborating with Shane Benzie (renowned biomechanics expert) and the University of Portsmouth to collect supply data monitored during and post expedition, participating in the study of behaviour and perception under extreme conditions of isolation and temperature. The University of Coventry and Jenny will be working with the team there as part of wider research into female endurance athletes performing in such extreme conditions as Antarctica.