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."