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James Harding

Arctic Rugby Challenge 2015 - James Harding

trekking to play rugby at the Magnetic North Pole for Wooden Spoon because of the work they do to help disadvantaged children

191 %
raised of £50,000 target
by 216 supporters
  • Team members: Jock Wishart, Tim Stimpson, Ollie Phillips, Lee Mears, David Mercer, Paul Jordan, Andrew Walker, Stephen Henry, Steven Turnbull, Fergus Davidson, Julian Phelan, John Houston
  • Event: Arctic Rugby Challenge 2015, 02 Feb 2014 to 31 May 2015

Wooden Spoon

We fund life-changing projects to support children & young people

Charity Registration No. 326691, SC039247


Arctic Rugby Challenge - James Harding has come together with Children's rugby charity Wooden Spoon and world class maritime and polar adventurer, Jock Wishart on a pioneering expedition to the Magnetic North Pole. The intrepid adventurers include former rugby union internationals Tim Stimpson (England & British & Irish Lions) and Ollie Phillips (England 7s & Gloucester). The match ref will be England and British & Irish Lion legend Lee Mears.

I will be joining Jock, Tim and Ollie as an expedition challenger, embarking on this world record breaking trek to the Magnetic North Pole (MNP) in April/May 2015. We will set out from Resolute Bay, Canada and ski/trek the final 100 miles in Arctic conditions over frozen sea and land to reach the MNP before playing the northernmost rugby match in history. Setting a World Record in the process.

We will learn how to survive harrowing winds, avoid and scare away polar bears, physical & mental fatigue and temperatures as low as -50C with wind chill.

I have set up a blog "Arctic Rugby Daddy" for those who wish to follow the build and light-hearted insights: 

You can also follow my progress on Twitter: @hardinguk, @wsarcticrugby, @charityspoon

Each participant’s aim is to raise £50,000 and engage local schools and communities in raising awareness and much needed support for Wooden Spoon.

I am securing corporate sponsorship to cover my expdeition cost so all donations from this page will go directly to Wooden Spoon.

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  • The team gathers
  • Arctic Rugby goes to Twickenham +8