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".