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Thursday, 2 May 2019

An Inspirational talk today by Captain Lou Rudd MBE

Captain Lou Rudd ‘Spirit of Endurance’ talk

Abberley was extremely fortunate to welcome an exceptional character to school today to speak to all the children and share his extraordinary experiences. Captain Lou Rudd MBE recently completed the amazing feat of making a solo unsupported and unassisted crossing of the Antarctic land mass. He completed the amazing almost 1000 mile journey in 56 days (without a rest day) pulling his pulk (starting weight 130Kg) with everything he would need to survive. He lost 15kg (17 per cent) of his body weight during the adventure and suffered incidents of frost bites and terrifying mishaps.

The talk was truly inspirational with the messages being that someone who was, by his own admission, unremarkable physically could achieve remarkable things through thorough preparation and sheer will power.

Another message that also really hit home was the fact that if Captain Scott had taken 11 more steps each day of that feted expedition then the party may have reached safety. Every day on his expedition Captain Rudd finished his day’s trek, paused and then took 11 more steps. He felt then that he had done just that little bit more that might make the difference. Abberley children reflected that doing that little bit extra in all areas of their lives may make the difference when it really matters.

N Richardson

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