Teams SA and British Green arrive at the South Pole

Peter and Braam at the South Pole

After twenty five days in extreme weather conditions and 742 kilometers of what is described as the toughest race on the planet, Braam Malherbe and Peter van Kets has arrived at the South Pole. Team SA and Team British Green/Centrepoint arrived at the South Pole on Saturday 28 January 2012 at 06:00 (SA time).  They were exhausted, hungry and utterly overjoyed when they got there. For the past week they’ve been helping Team British Green carry the load of Andrew Carnie’s pulk (sleigh). Andrew fractured his arm just before the team arrived at the halfway checkpoint more than week ago. Fitting with the history of the race it was won by an extraordinary Norwegian team that amazed even the organisers. The Norwegians finished the race in 15 days, with the Welsh team arriving second in 22 days.   Third place in the Scott-Amunsen Centenary Race to the South Pole belongs to Team South Africa and British Green, who finished in 24 days. Race organisers agree that it was quite an achievement for Braam Malherbe and Peter van Kets to complete this race as they were not use to the extreme cold conditions (it was –45˚ C the last couple of days) and skiing on snow.   Van Kets has rowed the Atlantic Ocean solo and unsupported and Malherbe ran the entire Great Wall of China, but both agreed that the race to the South Pole was the most difficult endurance adventure they have ever done. Malherbe, who is a MyPlanet Ambassador and van Kets took part in this race to create awareness about climate change and the effect it has on Antarctica. Upon reaching the races' final destination, Team SA had to overstrike 1000 SAMint commemorative coins. This was a world first. The medallions feature Antarctica on the reverse and promote the fight against climate change. It pays tribute to the history of scientific explorers and the men that crossed the ice-laden paths of the Antarctic to reach the South Pole 100 years ago. The entire race was filmed by the Johannesburg based production company Urban Brew Studios and will be broadcast as a 4-part documentary series, Cold Sweat, on SABC 3 later this year. For more information visit www.coldsweat.tv Braam Malherbe and Peter van Kets would like to thank their families and their friends for all the support. Also a big thank you to Professor Tim Noakes from the Discovery Sports Science Institute at UCT for the motivation and support. Discovery was Team SA's Peak Performance partner throughout the race. Remember to DO ONE THING for the planet  - get a MyPlanet card and nominate a environmental cause as your charity.