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Arctic Kites team prepares for icecap expedition

A courageous couple from Farnborough, known as the Arctic Kites team, are raising money for Diabetes UK by crossing the Greenland icecap – one of the world’s most inhospitable places.

Chris Sunderland, 31, and fiancée Rachel Owen, 27, have been busy training for the expedition for the last few months. Once they make it to Greenland, they will have to survive harsh artic conditions for up to five weeks.

Challenges will include polar bear encounters, artic storms, white-outs, sensory deprivation and temperatures as low as -40°C. 


“I wanted to do something big for Diabetes UK,” said Rachel. “And I’m looking forward to such a fantastic challenge. But I have to admit that I don’t fancy the prospect of falling into icy water pools!”

The 640-km artic journey will be undertaken on skis, and whenever the wind conditions are favourable, the team will also use power kites to pull them across the ice (hence their team's chosen name.)

Chris and Rachel are supporting Diabetes UK because they both have family members affected by the condition.

The Arctic Kites team plans to depart for Greenland in April 2008.  If you would like to help support them, please


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