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British schoolboy becomes youngest to trek South Pole

A 16-year-old British schoolboy has become the youngest person to trek the South Pole.

Lewis Clarke, 16. Credit: Lewis Clarke 2013

Lewis Clarke arrived at 6pm (GMT) this evening after completing the 700-mile journey from the Antarctic coast.

After an early start and temperatures of minus 50C - as well as windchill - it took a few hours longer than expected to reach his end goal.

On his momentous arrival, he said: "I'm really happy but mostly relieved that for the first time in 48 days I don't have to get up tomorrow and drag my sled for nine hours in the snow and icy wind.

"Today was really hard, the closer I got to the Pole the slower I went, my legs had had enough. But now I'm here and I've had some spaghetti bolognaise and I am sitting in a heated tent."

Brit becomes first to cycle to South Pole in 10 days

Maria Leijerstam cycled 500 miles in 10 days Credit: White Ice Cycle/PA Wire

A British adventurer has becoming the first person in the world to cycle to the South Pole from the edge of Antarctica in just 10 days.

Maria Leijerstam, from the Vale of Glamorgan, managed the feat this morning following a gruelling 500 mile ride in "vicious" conditions as she competed against two other male riders.

Her team said at one point the sweat on the inside of her boots froze.

The former management consultant's mother said her daughter's success was due to "meticulous planning, super fitness and pure determination".

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