Ed Parker: I have suspended the race but the challenge goes on
WWTW | December 7, 2013
Ed Parker, Expedition Director for the Virgin Money South Pole Allied Challenge and Team Noom Coach mentor has taken the decision to suspend the race to the pole, but he is determined that all the members will make it to the South Pole as one group.
“We have had a tricky couple of days. The weather remains good but the terrain is very difficult, far harder than we were anticipating and because of various factors, I have decided to suspend the race.
The reasons for this are entirely safety based. I am looking at the three teams. They are going really well but people are beginning to get very, very tired. With our doctor here, who I am in constant contact with, we just feel we are beginning to push people a little too hard, so I have suspended the race.”
-Ed Parker, Expedition Director and Team Noom Coach mentor
This is certainly not the end for the Virgin Money South Pole Allied Challenge, but steps have been put into place to ensure that all of those involved are kept safe. The team members are determined to prove their strength and courage but this must be done without jeopardising anyone’s well being.
Going forward, the final leg of the Virgin Money South Pole Allied Challenge will begin from the team’s second allotted checkpoint, 112 km from the South Pole. The team members will be driven to this point and over the course of the next 7 days, will move as one whole allied team to reach the South Pole together.