Borne Arctic Challenge 2018

Armadillo Merino® is proud to support the Borne Arctic Challenge. Everyday, premature babies face the ultimate struggle for survival in their fight for life.  This April, a courageous team of Borne supporters have set themselves an extreme challenge: to walk to the North Pole and raise £750,000 for new research into the causes of preterm birth.

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Team Borne will face their own test of survival as they traverse the Arctic Ocean, one of the most inhospitable regions on the planet. The distances are immense, the ice conditions unstable, the weather unpredictable, and there is no escape from the extreme cold. Temperatures are between -25C and -45C. There are not many places on earth more challenging, route and extreme.

How is Armadillo Merino supporting the challenge?

  • We will donate 20% of the net sales sales using the BAT18 discount code to the Borne charity, and you get a 20% discount off the purchase price. Click here to see more.
  • Will Greenwood, Alan Chambers and Jason Fox will all be wearing Armadillo Merino® base layer. Expert testing, and feedback is invaluable and we look forward to their comments post challenge.

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How far and how hard?

The team will set off from Barneo Camp, a temporary Russian ice base established on an ice floe in the Arctic Circle. From there it is 100km to the North Pole. The team will be walking 8 hours daily across constantly moving sea ice, pulling a 60 kg sledge with all of the vital essentials needed to be self sufficient in this inhospitable environment. They will consume 6,000 calories a day.

They are vulnerable to fatigue, frost-bite, unpredictable weather conditions, a polar bear encounter, and the isolation and nothingness of the fact9web-polar_bears.pngvast ocean poses a mental challenge that cannot be under-estimated. 
Track the expedition on the expedition home page

What does the Challenge involve?

The group will be walking 8 hours a day across constantly moving sea ice, pulling a 60 kg sledge with all of the vital essentials needed to be self sufficient in this inhospitable environment. They will be making camp in temperatures between -25 and -45 degrees Celsius, braving ferocious weather with no escape from the cold. 

Every day will bring new challenges, and the ground gained the previous day can be lost if they drift off course with the changing current and winds.

The Team

The team is a diverse group of Borne supporters who are united in their commitment to raise awareness of the consequences of premature birth, and to raise funds for Borne to continue its vital research.

The team includes World Cup rugby stars Will Greenwood MBE and Dean Mumm; ex-Special Forces operative from the reality TV series SAS: Who Dares Wins, Jason Fox; Borne Chairman and investment banker, Julian Mylchreest; DelekUS chairman Uzi Yemen; film producer Georgie Breitmeyer; orthodontist Neil Counihan; banker Alex Kroner; and entrepreneur Joey Worlidge. The expedition will be led by celebrated polar explorer Alan Chambers MBE.


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Borne is a medical research charity based in Imperial College School of Medicine‘s facilities at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital. Our aim is to identify the causes of premature birth to save lives, prevent disability and create lifelong health for mothers and babies. Learn more at

How can you support the Team?

Visit the Borne Arctic Challenge April 2018 JustGiving page, or purchase Armadillo Merino and use BAT18 discount code at checkout.




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