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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."

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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".

Prince Harry's South Pole team return to UK

Walking with the Wounded team member Ibrar Ali was met by his daughter and girlfriend at Heathrow. Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

Members of Prince Harry's Walking with the Wounded team have returned to the UK after reaching the South Pole ten days ago.

12 injured servicemen and women who have overcome life-changing injuries took part in the gruelling 200-mile (322km) charity trek across Antartica.

Walking with the Wounded team members (left to right) Guy Disney, Duncan Slater, Ibrar Ali and Kate Philip at Heathrow today. Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

Prince Harry, who has said his expedition team of wounded soldiers shared "hugs and a few tears" when they reached the pole, returned to Britain separately yesterday.

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Prince Harry and South Pole team flying to South Africa

Prince Harry and the South Pole teams were due to fly from the South Pole to Novo airbase yesterday, December 17 , and then onto Cape Town by the end of the week.

Teams are returning to the UK on December 23, so any delay would have seen their return home before Christmas jeopardised.

Prince Harry in the Antarctic. Credit: ITV News

In a voice blog left with expedition HQ in London, co-founder of Walking With The Wounded and Team Noom mentor, Ed Parker, said:

"Now on a very blustery, very snowy day, with a blizzard coming, we are about to fly out to, well we are about to be dragged out on the back of a skidoo to our Aleutian aircraft.

"That Aleutian aircraft will be flying us back to Cape Town, where we have a few days of decompression before returning home to our loved ones."

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