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Town Fan Set for Record Polar Expedition
Town Fan Set for Record Polar Expedition
Friday, 11th Nov 2011 17:20

Town supporter Richard Smith is planning to become the first man to wear a Blues shirt at the South Pole when he sets off on a world record Antarctic expedition next week. Richard, 33, will be accompanying his friend Alan Lock, who if they make it will be the first blind person to walk the journey from the coast of the Antarctica to the South Pole.

Richard, who is from Milton Keynes but is currently living in Boston in the US, told TWTD about their epic journey: “Next week, I leave for Antarctica to be part of a world record-setting 570-mile expedition to the South Pole called Polar Vision.

“The record is that I will be accompanying my friend Alan Lock who will be the first blind person to walk the journey from the coast of the Antarctica to the South Pole.

“I set up Polar Vision with Alan, who suffers from Macular Degeneration, a disease which started to rapidly degrade his vision when he was only in his mid-twenties.

“At the time Alan was an officer in the Royal Navy but despite this setback he has completed a number of achievements, most notably running the Marathon des Sables, setting a world record for rowing across the Atlantic and completing his MBA at UC Berkeley Haas.”


Andrew, Alan and Richard

Richard, whose family originally hail from Felixstowe, says the aim of the three-man expedition, American Andrew Jensen completes the team, is to show that visual impairment doesn’t prevent people from achieving remarkable feats: “We are firstly trying to tell a good news story – the tagline of our expedition is ‘Seeing beyond limits’, which is something that I think most people can relate to.

“For those who are visually impaired, especially when this afflicts them in the prime of their life, it can seem as if so much of life is taken away from them. Alan’s story proves otherwise.”

Polar Vision is also raising money for charities Sightsavers International and Guide Dogs for the Blind. Donations can be made here. The expedition’s Facebook page can be found here.

As for Town, Richard says he will show his support by wearing his shirt at the completion of their trek and hopes the Blues will have made a journey of their own by the time he returns home: “I'm planning to be wearing my Town shirt at the Pole.

“When I call my parents from Antarctica, the first thing my Dad and I will discuss are the Town scores. I expect Town to be safely in the play-off places by the time I come back in late January!”

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gtd added 17:44 - Nov 11
Best of luck to you all
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PimsOclock added 17:44 - Nov 11
Wow!! Simply amazing. Keep safe guys! Hope it all goes well and you raise lots of money!
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Big_Foot_Blue added 17:47 - Nov 11
Good luck lads you can do it! Maybe a parade in front of the Portman Road faithful WHEN you safely return after succeeding in your goals?
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rob_flecks_waistline added 19:01 - Nov 11
Good shout big foot, will be well deserved!

Good luck fellas!
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Sindre94 added 19:09 - Nov 11
best of luck:)
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MJallday added 19:40 - Nov 11
best of luck to everyone. dont forget to take a photo and get phil/gav to post it on here....
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JewellintheTown added 20:53 - Nov 11
Good on ya lads, best of luck to you all! Hope the lads on the pitch can do you proud too for when you get back.
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fourth added 20:58 - Nov 11
This looks like a VERY hard expedition
Quite exceptional.
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fourth added 20:58 - Nov 11
This looks like a VERY hard expedition
Quite exceptional.
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fourth added 20:58 - Nov 11
This looks like a VERY hard expedition
Quite exceptional.
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broomfield123 added 21:18 - Nov 11
Maybe the senior team can learn a bit about bravery , courage and determination from these guys
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Rydeabluehorse added 08:39 - Nov 12
Blimey - I moaned about walking home from town in the rain the other day! These guys are amazing - please support their cause, even if you can only afford £1.
My wife is a runner and sometimes acts as a guide for a blind guy at her running club but this is something else.
Very best of luck chaps.
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BillyBaxsterBest added 13:08 - Nov 12
I remember Richard when he was a Mascot at the Millwall Match in January 1984
He is a forth Generation True Blue, good luck to you Richard. Have a good Christmas
we will think of you when we are tucking into Xmas lunch.
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