We’re shattered, admits Dunwoody


Last updated at 09:50 06 January 2008

Bitterly cold winds with

a chill factor of minus 40

degrees and the relentless

Antarctic terrain have tired

former National Hunt

jockey Richard Dunwoody

and fellow-adventurer

Doug Stoup so much that

they may be forced to take

a rest day in their gruelling

trek to the South Pole.

But the good news is that

their Interchange

Shackleton Expedition has

now covered more than 400 of the 660 miles to the

Pole and the two surviving

members are on course to

complete their

unsupported journey —

across a route never before

conquered — in the next

two weeks.

Richard Dunwoody

Since the third member of

the expedition, James Fox,

was airlifted out on

Christmas Eve, Dunwoody and Stoup have picked up

the pace, covering more

than 120 miles over the

past seven days.

But Dunwoody, 43 and

twice winner of the Grand

National, admitted: "I'm

definitely feeling the


"Every time I push it,my

legs go to jelly and I can't

say I'm feeling the best.

Hopefully,we'll acclimatise

over the next few days."

Team leader Stoup said the two men were

feeling the effects of 35

days of 12 hours a day


"It's been truly wearing on

our bodies," he said. "We're

both very tired and have

been discussing taking a

partial rest day.

"The Pole is within our

grasp but we have to

remain patient so that

neither of us gets any

injuries.We should arrive

in the next two weeks."