Independent: ‘The first black Briton to walk to the South pole’

A man from Hackney who turned his life around after narrowly surviving a street shooting is set to become the first black Briton to walk to the South Pole.

Dwayne Fields will begin a 58-day, 1,150km trek to the most hostile environment on earth in November

He is already the first black British man to have reached the North Pole, and hopes his exploits will encourage more inner-city teenagers to explore the British countryside.

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Dwayne’s Fields of Dreams (

In 2010 Stoke Newington resident, Dwayne Fields became the first Black Briton to walk from the most northern point of Canada to the magnetic North Pole, covering over 400 miles in 22 days (of which 16 days was a race) across snow and frozen ocean, when he competed in the Peary and Hansen Race with an organisation called the Polar Challenge. He raised over £1000 for charity.

Jamaican athlete in Arctic challenge

HE’S been stabbed three times, seen loved ones shot to death and miraculously escaped being gunned down himself – but now Dwayne Fields is preparing for his biggest challenge yet.

The 27-year-old has been training in Plymouth alongside veteran international race walker Edmund Shillabeer as he gears up for the 2010 Polar Challenge.

The 370-mile trek sees the competitors battling across snow and frozen ocean as they race from the tip of Canada to the North Pole.

Entering its sixth year in April, the month-long challenge will be televised to 168million homes in more than 100 countries.

Jamaican-born Dwayne is determined to steer youngsters away from the violent crime he grew up with in Hackney, east London, and donate money to the Action For Children charity on his return.

“I’ve had my experiences with gun and knife crime – I was a victim of both – so I want to encourage people away from this sort of lifestyle,” he said.

“If the message is coming from someone like me, someone who’s been there, then hopefully the kids will be able to identify with it.”

Dwayne, who lost a close friend to a shooting two years ago, was stabbed in his abdomen in one attack, then knifed twice between his shoulder and chest in another. He also had a gun pointed at his chest – but when the gunman pulled the trigger the weapon miraculously failed to go off.

“When it didn’t go off I wanted to retaliate,” he said. “Luckily I took a few minutes to think about it, because it could have ended so differently. If doing this can stop one person getting involved then it will be well worth it.”

Dwayne came close to joining rower James Cracknell and TV star Ben Fogle when they raced to the South Pole earlier this year.

After training in Plymouth with Mr Shillabeer, who holds the British record for the fastest 100km walk, he headed for a climate centre in Eastbourne to test himself in polar conditions.

“I’ve never done anything like this before so it’s going to be a real achievement,” he said. “I’m pretty fit anyway and I’ve done the Three Peaks Challenge – but this is a different ball game.”

University student Dwayne said he was inspired by black explorer Matthew Henson who, along with Robert Peary, claimed to be the first person to reach the North Pole 100 years ago.

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Veteran Edmund races for the Olympic torch

Edmund Shillabeer with polar explorer Dwayne Fields – they are putting forward a  joint bid to carry the Olympic torch for part of its journey around the country  before it lights the Olympic flame in London

Edmund Shillabeer with polar explorer Dwayne Fields

Edmund Shillabeer with polar explorer Dwayne Fields – they are putting forward a joint bid to carry the Olympic torch for part of its journey around the country before it lights the Olympic flame in London.

Edmund’s walks extend to 30 miles or more and they tend to finish with him picking up a medal – and setting the occasional world record.

The 71-year-old’s latest collection of golds includes a pair from this year’s England racewalking championships: he was a member of the winning team for the 20km and 50km events.

And no, not in the over-70 age category. Edmund is a veteran but he was competing in the all-comers section against men half his age.

Racewalkers have to keep one foot on the ground – being airborne for an instant would mean disqualification for running.

And when not racing, Edmund keeps both feet on the ground. He isn’t into boasting.

“Winning two medals at my age is a sad reflection on the state of English racewalking,” he says modestly.

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Dwayne Fields interview – the first black british man to the North Pole (

Ever fancied trekking the Himalayas, climbing Mount Everest or taking a trip to the North Pole?

Well, Dwayne Fields turned his dream into a reality when he recently became the first Black British man to reach the North Pole.

If that wasn’t enough, he’s now planning a trip to the South Pole. Our intrepid explorer joined me live in the Premier studio last Saturday …

Looking forward to a decent meal (

aa-may20-NorthPoleWEB.jpgA Canary Wharf resident has successfully conquered the North Pole.

Linda Pomeroy contacted The Wharf from a far-flung location to pass on the news that she had reached her destination earlier this month.

Linda’s three member team, named Global Village, reached the magnetic North Pole while competing in the 2010 Polar Challenge.

Linda was the only female member of the team which travelled more than 600km over the Arctic ice, completing the race in 16 days, 13 hours 38 minutes.

The team represented members from three continents as the other two members Dwayne Fields and Ali Bajwa hail from Jamaica and Pakistan respectively.

This is the first time a team representing the three continents has successfully converged on the North Pole.

The team faced three Arctic storms on the way with winds raging up to 80mph and temperatures dropping to -50C.

At time of going to print the team were reported to be well, but nursing their shredded feet and waiting for an airlift out of the Arctic as the weather cleared.

Linda stated that she was looking forward to coming home and eating at Plateau, as the team had lost considerable weight during their expedition.

Linda is currently a PhD student at Imperial College London and runs her own technology business.

Wharfer Charlotte Byrne was forced to abandon her attempt to take on the Polar Challenge earlier this year but said she was preparing to tackle the event next year.

Hackney Council covers Dwayne’s exploits

Dwayne Fields

For someone who has camped in the Arctic in -50°C temperatures, snowbound London must be a tad underwhelming.

“Snow isn’t the problem; it’s the wind,” says Dwayne Fields, who became the first black British man to reach the North Pole in April.

Adding: “The wind comes directly from the Pole. If you’re walking into it, you’re in the right direction. It also takes every ounce of warmth, but you can’t let it hold you back. It’s cold, it’s windy, it’s going to be nasty. You just get on with it.”

Dwayne Fields

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No Proof No Glory

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This is one of my sponsors who will be providing me with camera’s, batteries and storage devices. They have recently confirmed that they have tested the devices I will be taking on my challenge at sub zero temperatures for prolonged periods of time to ensure they will perform consistently throughout my time in Antarctica. I have been told the results were excellent in every test. As well as the equipment No proof no glory will also be helping to edit the footage and have suggested posting the best bits on their website.

My return from the Sinai Desert

Photo taken by Dwayne Fields

I recently returned from the Sinai desert, where I spent a few days learning how to survive and navigate across this harsh terrain. The Bedouin where amazingly generous and shared everything from food and drink to their knowledge of the desert and its history with me. It was great to get a feel of a desert environment as opposed to a frozen tundra. I feel that my next challenge following this on to the unforgiving South Pole should be a desert, I need to go somewhere warm, hint, hint.

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