Felicity Aston

Felicity is a 28-year-old travel and adventure writer working from her home by the sea near Whitstable on the north Kent coast. Having travelled and expeditioned in places like Greenland, South America, Canada and the Antarctic, Felicity is always looking for the next adventure. In 2000 she joined the British Antarctic Survey as a meteorologist and spent three years living and working at Rothera Research Station on the Antarctic Peninsula. Returning to the UK Felicity was part of the first all-female team to complete the notorious Polar Challenge, a 360-mile endurance race across the Canadian Arctic. Her team, the Pink Lady PoleCats finished the race in 6th place out of 16, beating several all-male teams.

Why are you doing this?
Earlier this year I took part in the Polar Challenge. I loved every minute but felt that I could push myself further. This expedition is the next step. Besides, the Norwegians have done it, the Americans have done it so now, as Brits, it’s our turn!

What inspires you?
Reading about other people who have done so much with their lives inspires me to do more with my own life. I'd never forgive myself if I felt I had wasted it. I have heard amazing stories of courage and survival. Some people go through terrible things and manage to keep smiling. They inspire me to make the most of what I have.

What are you most looking forward to?
Being back in a tent in the middle of a big, white no-where.

What are you dreading?
Challenging the speed record will mean little or no sleep at night. I hate the way sleep-deprivation makes me feel; everything is an effort and I become incapable of concentrating on more than one thing at once. On the other hand there is a perverse pleasure in knowing that you are really pushing yourself and (in some form) coping with that.

How will you prepare mentally?
I think that finding your own individual source of motivation is really important. For me, knowing that there are people back home watching our progress, who believe in us and support what we do is a big mental boost. That’s the motivation that will see me through.

What will you take with you for luck?
I wear a pounamou stone from New Zealand round my neck and have a small St Christopher that travels with me.

Who would you take as the Fifth Fox?
Ellen MacArthur