We warmly welcomed Captain Lou Rudd MBE today who kindly gave Year 8 and Year 9 pupils an inspirational talk. He was the 1st Briton to complete a solo, unassisted and unsupported crossing of Antarctica (2nd in the world).
Captain Rudd grew up in Lincolnshire and joined the Royal Marines in 1985 at the age of 16. After completing basic training he served with 40 Commando where he conducted a 6-month operational tour in South Armagh, Northern Ireland. He later transferred to the Army and over the following years saw service in the Balkans, Iraq and Afghanistan, and did further work in Northern Ireland. He qualified as a sniper and parachutist.
He completed a Master’s Degree (MSc) in Security and Risk Management with the Army’s support. During his later years of service he became a Regimental Sergeant Major, one of the most senior positions a soldier can hold, and it was during this time that he planned and led the SPEAR 17 Adventurous Training expedition which saw him lead a team of 5 Reservist soldiers as they completed a 1,100 mile traverse of Antarctica, for which he was subsequently awarded an MBE for leadership.
In April 2017 he was commissioned as an officer and now serves with the Parachute Regiment at the Infantry Battle School in Brecon. From October 2018 to January 2019 he completed Expedition SPIRIT OF ENDURANCE which saw him ski solo and unsupported 1,000 miles across Antarctica in just 56 days, becoming the first ever Briton and only the second person in history to complete this journey. He holds the world record as the first person to have traversed Antarctica twice on foot, and is holder of the Antarctic Distance Record, having a total mileage of approximately 2,800 miles behind him.
He is married to Lucy and has 3 children. Amy is serving in the Royal Air Force, Luke is in the Royal Marines and Sophie is training to be a criminal barrister in London. In his spare time Louis enjoys racing motocross and enduro, riding his mountain bike, polar ski expeditions and reading polar history.