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Dundee medics in race to the pole

A group of medical students from Dundee University is heading to the South Pole – virtually, of course – to help support the elderly during the coronavirus crisis.

Inspired by the polar legacy of the ‘City of Discovery’ and Captain Scott’s exploits – as well as the city’s famous penguins statues – the medics have committed to collectively running, walking or cycling the more than 10,000 miles (16,000 kilometres) from Tayside to the Antarctic.

The idea to take on the challenge came from the students themselves. One of them, Sophia White, told the Evening Telegraph: “Lockdown is a time during which it is easy to feel isolated, however, this challenge is one way we can keep our student community working together for a common cause.

“A particularly vulnerable group during this time is the older population and hence we have decided to support the wonderful work of Age Scotland during this fundraising endeavour.”

Over 100 students are involved in the challenge, which sees their individual daily mileage added together and charted as progress towards the pole on their Facebook page. 57 students got the snowball rolling on 4 May, the first day of the challenge. At least 50 students have been logging their miles each day since then, many from their own homes outwith Dundee.

Two weeks into their challenge the group has almost met their £2000 fundraising target.

Collectively, they’ve covered over 12,000 kilometres – leaving them just a few thousand klicks from the pole and the end of their journey.

Image: Dundee Medical School’s South Pole Challenge Facebook page

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