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John Thompson in training for North Pole
Hackney Man Hopes to Make British History
By Valley Fontaine
Advertising Executive John Thompson hopes to be the 1st British Black man to make it to the North Pole, whilst at the same time raising up to £60,000 for charity.
An East Londoner could be on his way to making British history.
On Sunday 13th April John Thompson from Hackney flew to Norway to prepare to cross country ski to the North Pole; which is the northernmost point on earth, lying diametrically opposite the South Pole.
John Thompson during climate training.
The Docklands Advertising Executive will be crossing the polar ice from 89 degrees to 90 degrees north. It's a 70 mile journey in temperatures ranging from 0 to -40 degrees. John and the expedition team he will be making the journey with hope to make it to the North Pole on the 26th April. This will mean that John will be trekking up to 10 hours per day.
The North Pole
Geographic North Pole
Following in the Footsteps
If John makes the two week trek - he will be the 1st black British person from known records to do so, following in the footsteps of the American Matthew Henson who was the first Black person to make it to the North Pole back in 1909, and more recently Barbara Hilary in 2007, who became the 1st black (American) woman.
last updated: 17/04/2008 at 15:53