Team Missing Link have won the South Pole challenge; they covered the 430 nautical mile course across the baron frozen waste lands of Antarctica in a time of 17 days and 11 hours.
The two Norwegian service men Rune Malterud and Stian Aker linked arms held high in the air as they walked the final few steps to the Pole where they planted a Norwegian flag. The historical race results have been repeated as the Norwegians have once again beaten a team from the UK into second position.
Almost one hundred years ago Scott lost out to Amundsen. On the official race website team Missing Link from Norway wanted to commend QinetiQ from the UK who pushed the Norwegians the whole way, thank you “for making it a fantastic race.”
Team Missing Link will now have a well deserved rest at the bottom of the world where they will wait the arrival of the other teams. Thankfully unlike Amundsen and Scott the teams will not have a return journey on foot across the ice lands to base camp, they will all fly back together to base camp.
Mark Pollock and the rest of Team South Pole Flag are due to finish their race in the next 24 hours.
1st South Pole: Team Missing Link
2nd 719km Team Qinetiq
3rd 653km Team Danske Bank
4th 608km Team Due South (they have not travelled as far as south pole flag butthey are closer to the pole than south pole flag)
5th 625km Team South Pole Flag
6th n/a Team Southern Lights