The Challenge


Wooden Spoon Arctic Challenge - Trek to the North PoleGroup shot at North Pole - finalIn April 2015, 11 brave men trekked over 60 miles to the Magnetic North Pole, in order to set a Guinness World Record and play rugby on the northernmost part of the world. This pioneering expedition is aiming to raise £300,00 for Wooden Spoon, the children’s charity of rugby.

The teams were led by former Rugby Union Internationals, Tim Stimpson (England and Leicester Tigers) and Ollie Phillips (England 7s and Gloucester winger).  Former England and British Lions player, Lee Mears joined the teams at the North Pole as match referee.

Wooden Spoon is the UK’s leading grant-making charity dedicated to helping disadvantaged and disabled children through the power of rugby.

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Trek Route

The challengers flew out from Resolute Bay, on the south side of Cornwallis Island in the former North West Territories of Canada to within walking distance of the pole.

From here they trekked north, travelling round the South West corner of Thor Island and across the Noice Peninsula, and onwards to Ellef Ringnes Island.

Once they reached the North Pole, the challengers camped and trekked a further 2-3 miles in order to play the northernmost game of rugby, ever, at coordinates:

N    78 degrees 38″.59
W 104 degrees 13″.10