Gosport woman sets off on polar challenge

Paula Reid from Alverstoke. Picture: Sarah Standing (142517-5427)
Paula Reid from Alverstoke. Picture: Sarah Standing (142517-5427)
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INTREPID adventurer Paula Reid has set off on her epic mission to cross the Antarctic for charity.

The 47-year-old, from Alverstoke, left for Chile today, and will depart there for Antarctica in a week’s time.

She hopes to cover 580 miles in some of the harshest conditions on Earth to raise money and awareness for Gutsy Gastros, a charity that helps children with chronic bowel, intestinal and gastric disorders.

Paula has been training by pulling tyres around Alverstoke as she will be hauling loads of 65kg for 40 days, averaging 15 miles a day, in temperatures as low as -40C. To follow her journey or to donate go to paulareid.com where a satellite will be tracking her journey live.