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Explorer will tackle remote lake
Mike and Fiona Thornewill at the South Pole (photo courtesy of Scot Jackson)
Fiona was joined by her husband at the South Pole in 2004
A polar explorer from Nottinghamshire who broke the record for walking to the South Pole unaided wants to tackle a remote Canadian lake.

Fiona Thornewill, 38, will try to cross the Great Bear Lake with her husband and a team of six novices in February 2005.

She set a record by walking alone to the South Pole in 2004 in 41 days - faster than any other man or woman.

Temperatures during the 10-day, 119-mile (190 km) trip may reach -50C.

No-one has successfully crossed the lake on foot.

"We want to see this beautiful part of the world and show the team that there is more to life than the 9 to 5 routine," her husband Mike, 41, told BBC News Online.

Charity walk

The team will ski by day and camp at night with their tents screwed to the lake with ice-screws in case of high winds.

Two friends from Nottingham, two members of a running club in Southwell and two novices from Bristol will accompany them.

The team aims to raise 10,000 for kidney research and foster care charities.

Fiona was the first British woman - along with British explorer Catharine Hartley - to reach the South Pole on foot in 2000.

She reached the North Pole in 2001 along with her husband and a Canadian guide.

The Nottingham-based recruitment consultant's exploits were recognised during the European Women of Achievement Awards in July 2004.

The BBC's Rajini Vaidyanathan
"She offered to call the children from the South Pole"

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