South Pole record-breaking teenager arrives back in UK

Bristol teenager Lewis Clark, 16, has become the youngest person ever to ski to the South Pole. He arrived back at Heathrow Airport today (Thursday 23 January).

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QEH Headmaster Stephen Holliday said that Lewis did take some revision to do on his solar-powered smartphone, but by his own admission he had not done much.

There has been fantastic support from all the boys at the school and their reaction, especially amongst his friends in Year 11, has been that they are all behind him fully - though none of us is very envious of the physical endurance involved. ... The expedition was certainly one way to avoid revising for GCSE mocks. The exams will be a walk in the park after this one.

– Stephen Holliday, Headmaster of QEH

Bristol schoolboy explorer due back home today

A 16-year-old Bristol schoolboy who became the youngest person to trek to the South Pole is expected back in the UK later today.

Lewis Clarke completed his gruelling 700-mile journey on Saturday - 48 days after it started. He endured temperatures of -50C and winds of 120 mph to achieve his dream which began four years ago when he was part of a relay team to swim the English Channel.

Lewis Clark.

With only guide Carl Alvey for company, Lewis skied up to nine hours a day and had just two supply drops during his epic voyage which has so far raised about £2,000 for The Prince's Trust. He is due into Heathrow Airport from Sao Paulo at lunchtime.

But there's little time to relax. He returns to Bristol's QEH (Queen Elizabeth's Hospital) school on Monday to catch up on three months' of work ahead of his GCSEs in the summer.

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Bristol schoolboy youngest ever to ski to South Pole

Bristol schoolboy youngest ever to ski to South Pole

A schoolboy from Bristol has become the youngest person ever to ski to the South Pole. 16-year-old Lewis Clarke spent 48 days skiing across the world's coldest climate to take the title previously held by an 18-year-old Canadian.

He was expected to reach his finish point at three o'clock yesterday afternoon but with temperatures of minus 50 degrees it took him a little longer than expected and he reached his goal at around 6pm.

Bristol teenager set to become youngest ever to ski to South Pole

Bristol teenager set to become youngest ever to ski to South Pole Credit: youngesttosouthpole

A 16 year old from Bristol is due to become the youngest person ever to ski to the South Pole today. Lewis Clarke from Bishopston is less than 30 miles from completing the 700-mile journey.

Temperatures forecast for today are minus 50c windchill. In a phone call yesterday Lewis said "my body is telling me to stop". There are fears he and his team could get imprisoned in their tent 10 miles from their goal by cold and gale force winds.