In the steps of Roald Amundsen, Team Missing Link has won the historic Amundsen Omega 3 South Pole Race arriving at the South Pole at approximately 7pm on Wednesday 21st January, having covered 769km’s in 17 days and 11 hours – a quite incredible achievement. Rune Malterud (27) and Stian Aker (28) were ‘elated, emotional and extremely exhausted’ having put in gruelling 40-50 km days and only sleeping for a few hours a night throughout the race. After planting their flag at the pole, they thanked Team QinetiQ for making the race so competitive.
Watching the team cross was a historic and momentous occasion, they linked arms held high in the air as they walked to the Pole and planted a Norwegian flag. They stopped at the Pole and talked about their tremendous journey, the difficulties they have faced and their joy and pride at arriving at the Pole. The Norwegians have once won the race to the South Pole, the first since Scott and Amundsen. Missing Link wanted to commend QinetiQ for making it a fantastic race. After all their hard work Missing Link will now get to spend some time at the Pole, resting, relaxing, eating and enjoying being at the Top of the Bottom of the World.
Team QinetiQ have had a really good day, are feeling in high spirits and expect to arrive at the Pole early tomorrow afternoon. Due South, Danske Bank, South Pole Flag and Southern Lights are all one day closer to the Pole – the air at the South Pole is crackling with excitement for their arrival.by