Richard Dunwoody will be speaking to Radio 5 Live on Christmas afternoon from the Antarctic, where he is undertaking his latest challenge.

The former champion jockey is pulling a 250lb sled more than 650 miles on a previously unconquered route to the South Pole. On Christmas Day, he and expedition team-mates Doug Stoup and James Fox will be attempting a 20hr day’s travelling having made only slow progress so far.

During the Interchange Shackleton South Pole Expedition 2007, the trio hopes to reach the Pole by mid-January. But by this Monday (17 December) they had only travelled 102 of the 650-mile journey — encountering crevasse fields and steep hills, sometimes in white-out conditions, and all in temperatures as low as -30˚C.

Richard is raising money for Spinal Research, SPARKS and Racing Welfare. He will be live on-air on Radio 5 from 3.50pm.

To make a donation and follow the team’s progress, visit www.dunwoody-southpole.com

This news story was first published in Horse & Hound (20 December, ’07)