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The Hardest 105 Days of My Life – Public Lecture by Polar Explorer Ben Saunders

20 May 2015 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM

The Institute of Health and Wellbeing are delighted to welcome polar explorer Ben Saunders to give a Public Lecture: ‘The Hardest 105 Days of My Life – Finishing the Expedition that Defeated Scott and Shackleton’, as part of The University of Northampton’s 10th Anniversary celebrations.

World record-breaking polar explorer and long-distance skier Ben Saunders is a man who is making history. Best known for leading one of the most ambitious polar expeditions in a century, he was the first to successfully complete the epic, 105-day, 1,800-mile trek on foot to retrace Captain Robert Falcon Scott’s ill-fated, early 20th-century journey to the South Pole – equivalent to running 69 marathons back to back. Of his expedition he said,

“We can all accomplish great feats through ambition, passion, stubbornness, and refusal to quit. If you dream something hard enough, it does indeed come to pass.”

A speaker at the 2005, 2012, and 2014 TED conferences, he was labelled “a master story teller” by TED. Believing that “No one else is an authority on your potential” and “Impossible is just an opinion,” Saunders combines the allure and nostalgia of 20th century explorers with the ingenuity of today’s modern adventurers. His presentation takes you to the ends of the Earth and back and showcases spectacular visuals, a commanding stage presence, a winning smile, and funny and relatable stories.

In collaboration with Ben Saunders, Nathan Smith and Dr Florence Kinnafick have been documenting the psychological impact of the Scott Expedition journey. Drawing from Saunders’ experiences, the research presentation will take you on a journey through the different phases of the expedition, focusing on the psychological processes relevant to planning and preparation, coping with the demands of the challenge, and what happened after achieving the momentous goal. The presentation will finish with an overview of a number of exciting new research projects that have emanated from the Scott Expedition case study.

To accompany the presentations, a group of illustrators were commissioned to interpret the key research findings in a visual format. These artistic interpretations will be on display during the event.

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Venue: Cottesbrooke, Room C126, The University of Northampton, Park Campus, Boughton Green Road, Northampton NN2 7AL

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