Intrepid expedition leader Steve Pinfield - AKA Capt. Benbow - arrived back in Penzance this week having set a Guinness World Record for playing the northernmost rugby match at the North Pole.
Steve stepped up from his role as guide and trainer to take over leadership of the Arctic Challenge following an injury to Jock Wishart.
The aim of the Arctic Challenge was not only to play the northernmost rugby match in history, but more importantly to raise funds for the Wooden Spoon charity.
Of a target of £300,000 the group have so far raised £190,789 and you can still donate at mydonate.bt.com
The group of former rugby stars, included former England international Tim Stimpson, England sevens captain Ollie Phillips, Scottish international John Houston and his former Edinburgh colleague Steve Turnbull.
The group made a one hundred mile trek over ice in temperatures as low as minus 30c, then created an official rugby pitch and played an official game of 7's.
Under the watchful eye of the referee, former England player Lee Mears, Tim Stimpson‘s team beat Ollie Phillips’ team 17-14
“I can’t quite believe that we’ve done it, it’s an amazing feeling.” said ex England 7s captain Ollie Phillips
The Arctic is an incredible yet dangerous place and we needed to be on the top of our game to make sure we didn’t make any mistakes during the trek, as one lapse in concentration could have been catastrophic.”
Winning skipper Tim Stimpson added: “Having played a lot of rugby up in Newcastle I’ve played in some chilly conditions but this was another level altogether!”
On his return to Penzance this week Steve said the rugby players formed a great group of lads who had many interesting tales to tell.
Tim and Ollie are also hoping to visit Cornwall next season to watch a Cornish Pirates match.
You can read more about the expedition at arcticrugbychallenge.org
You Can Still Donate At: mydonate.bt.com
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