11 Dec 2010

UK expedition crosses Antarctica in 13 days

5:31 pm on 11 December 2010

A British expedition to Antarctica says it has succeeded in establishing a record for the fastest land crossing of the continent.

The Moon Regan trans-Antarctic expedition said the 10-man team had completed the crossing in under 13 days, smashing all previous records.

The total distance covered was 1945.9km in 303 hours.

The BBC reports the team set off from the Union Glacier airstrip on 25 November and arrived on the Ross Ice Shelf on Thursday.

A statement on the group's website said they hope to complete the return trip in around nine days.