Gosport woman in pole position as she completes epic trek

Paula Reid
Paula Reid
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INTREPID adventurer Paula Reid has completed her epic mission of skiing to the South Pole.

The 47-year-old, from Alverstoke, got to the most southerly point on Earth – after 46 days of trekking across Antarctica – at 6.20pm UK time on Friday.

29/8/2014 (BF)''Paula Reid (47) from Alverstoke, is walking the full distance of the South Pole, leaving on the 14th November 2014 and raising money for Gutsy Gastros. ''Picture: Sarah Standing (142517-7709) PPP-140829-202459001

29/8/2014 (BF)''Paula Reid (47) from Alverstoke, is walking the full distance of the South Pole, leaving on the 14th November 2014 and raising money for Gutsy Gastros. ''Picture: Sarah Standing (142517-7709) PPP-140829-202459001

The trek was a gruelling 580 miles.

Paula, pictured, became only the fourth British woman to achieve the feat.

Exhausted and bruised, she was able to text her partner Alex Alley that she was ‘finally here’.

Alex told The News: ‘They had a glass of champagne and had their own chef to cook them whatever they wanted.

‘They chose steak. They had a tour of the polar station.’

Last night Paula was flying back from Chile.

Alex said: ‘I am immensely proud. It’s a massive achievement.’

Paula’s efforts have raised more than £3,000 for children’s charity Gutsy Gastros.