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Adventurer Tom Avery sets record for crossing of ice cap

By Helen William

A British adventurer and his team of polar explorers have smashed the record for the fastest crossing of Greenland's ice cap.

A "worn out but absolutely ecstatic" Tom Avery, along with team-mates Patrick Woodhead and George Wells plus South African-born Andrew Gerber, clinched the coast-to-coast record yesterday in a time of nine days, 19 hours and 40 minutes.

The expedition swiped more than eight days off the previous record of 17 days, 21 hours and 30 minutes to complete the 350-mile trip.

Mr Avery described his team, who also hold the record for the fastest surface journey across the North Pole, as "very experienced, just brilliant and not afraid to get their hands dirty".

Speaking from Greenland, where the team barely slept over the last nine days to break the record, Avery said: "We are black and blue, dehydrated, weather-beaten, frost-nipped - and it was all worth it.

"To cross the world's largest island in under 10 days - we still cannot believe it. We are delighted but we're shattered and exhausted more than we have ever been in our lives."

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