The duo start training on Burnham Beach for an incredible 700 mile polar hike challenge



Two polar adventurers started training at the beaches of Burnham-On-Sea, Brean and Berrow for an incredible grueling fundraising challenge.

Wayne Hoyle and Simon Virgo use local beaches to improve their fitness and strength ahead of their incredible 700 mile trek across Antarctica to raise money for a forces charity.

The duo, pictured here in Berrow on Saturday, frequently walk along Burnham and Berrow beaches while pulling weighted sleds behind them to boost their stamina.

“The beach here provides a perfect ground for our training,” Wayne told

“We can walk long distances while pulling the sleds behind us with some traction from the sand. “

He adds, “We are preparing to walk from Hercules Inlet to the South Pole, a distance of over 700 miles.

“We hope to break the UK speed record on the course, which is 29 days. The world record is 23 days.

Wayne, who has worked with the military in extreme temperatures before, adds that the challenge next December will be to raise money for the Special Association of Boat Services which aims to help provide relief to members or their dependents who are in need due to financial hardship, injury or illness. A fundraising page should go live soon.

The duo are expected to become a familiar sight on local beaches in the coming months as their preparation for the incredible challenge continues.



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