Solo to the South Pole, Delivered by DHL
“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
In December of 2018 Jenny will ski to the South Pole. She begins at 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 80kgs 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.
Jenny is a proud Ambassador of the charities Free to Run and Women in Sport and a Polar Ambassador for the STEM initiative.
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 and to enthuse them on Antarctica she will embark on a UK-wide school tour to talk about her expedition. 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.
Scientific Research and Data Collection
Jenny is excited to be working with the University of Coventry as part of their research into endurance athletes performing in extreme conditions such as Antarctica. She has spent a day in their metabolic chamber and undergone baseline assessments that will be repeated on her return.