Day 55  A special thanks to you all

Thank you to you all, everyone who has sent me wishes, given their support, made jokes, and helped give me strength.

Last few days have been tough

Seriously. The last few days have been tough. I felt like crying a couple of times because of the stress, the strain on my body, the pains in my neck, and the feeling that I was going nowhere and just not able to get in the distances I need to.

Getting emotional

I get to read your messages at the end of the day when I download mails from Alan, who is being fantastic and passing on your comments. I really do appreciate you taking the time to write, and it really does help give me the strength to keep going when I read your words. Rather than crying from desperation, more tears to the eyes with the warmth I feel as I read your words and thoughts. Sorry… getting emotional!!

So, thank you all so much for your support and for helping me to keep going. Thank you!

Today was a good day and in 89th degree!

Today was a good but shorter day having spen d an extra 2.5hours rest in the morning after what has been a very difficult time. Weather has been fine, cold at around -40 and very light breeze. As I said a good day and not so drained as yesterday and managed 17 km and now in the 89th degree which is a huge landmark – the final degree and super happy to be here less than 60 nm or around 70 miles from the pole. The end is almost in sight, 5 or 6 days at the most and very eager to get there and not needing to ration my food supplies.

Visit Ben’s blog site to hear Ben’s audio diary from his overnight camp and donation links to Cancer Research UK at

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