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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".

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."

Storm to hit base where Harry was staying 'within hours'

An extreme storm forecast for Antarctic base Novo where Prince Harry has been staying on his South Pole trek was expected to hit within the next few hours. If the teams had been caught in the storm, the expedition's return would "certainly have been delayed," charity Walking With the Wounded said.

Prince Harry (left) got his hands on a trophy. Credit: Walking With The Wounded

Catherine Murphy, a Met Office forecaster working on location at Rothera, Antarctica, with the British Antarctic Survey, said:

“An intense area of low pressure is moving towards the Novo area bringing thick cloud, some snow and winds gusting up to 40mph or more.

This could cause drifting snow or, as the winds strengthen, whiteout conditions which make travel difficult or impossible. These conditions could last for several days as the weather system moves through.”

Prince Harry evacuated from South Pole ahead of extreme storms

Prince Harry and Team UK as they rest on day nine of the tre Credit: ictoria Nicholson/WWTW/PA

Prince Harry and his the Virgin Money South Pole Allied Challenge team have had to be evacuated from the South Pole before a forecast major Antarctic storm swept in to hit airbase Nova, where they were staying, the Charity Walking With the Wounded said.

Iceberg the size of Singapore breaks from glacier

An iceberg roughly the same size as Singapore has broken off a glacier in Antarctica.

An image taken by NASA shows the huge iceberg calving from the Pine Island glacier, one of largest and fastest moving glaciers in the region.

Iceberg B-31 is estimated to be 35x20 kilometres (21x12 miles) which is about 50% larger than previous icebergs in this area.

Splits in the ice have been seen since January 2011 and subsequent images have shown the crack grow until the iceberg eventually calved, experts believe it may have separated during the summer but remained very close to the glacier since then.

A team of scientists from Sheffield and Southampton universities will track it and try to predict its path using satellite data.

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