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Sunday, 6 May, 2001, 15:26 GMT 16:26 UK
UK trio set polar records
Fiona and Mike Thornewill become the first couple to reach both poles on foot
Frosty smiles: Fiona and Mike Thornewill celebrate
A British team have trekked into the record books after reaching the North Pole on foot, a year after conquering the South Pole.

Catharine Hartley and Fiona Thornewill are the first women to walk to both poles and Fiona and her husband Mike are the first married couple to reach north and south.

Mike Thornewill told BBC Nottingham arriving at the North Pole was "absolutely awesome".

The trio's 56-day slog, led by Canadian guide Paul Landry, went smoothly although melting ice forced a 120 mile detour.


Catharine Hartley pulls the sled, weighing about 80 kilos
Catharine Hartley pulls the sled, weighing about 80 kilos

Fiona and Mike Thornewill and Catharine Hartley
The trio are raising money for charities Sense, Macmillan Cancer Relief and NSPCC

Pulling the sled across pack ice
A detour forced by melting ice extended the journey from 480 miles to about 600 miles

Team guide Paul Landry described the terrain as 'unique and beautiful'
Temperatures fell as low as -50C during the 56-day journey

Campsite
The team is staying overnight at the pole before being airlifted to Canada as soon as weather allows

Fiona Thornewill and Catharine Hartley reached the South Pole in January 2000
Fiona Thornewill and Catharine Hartley were the first women to walk to the South Pole

Catharine Hartley gazes into a polar sunset
The team said reaching the North Pole was an "awesome" experience

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