Ten top GCSE grades and a Guinness World Record!

September 25 2014

LEWIS Clarke has been collecting the Guinness Book of World Records ever since he could remember. Now the Bishopston teen features on one of its very pages for being the youngest person to trek to the South Pole.

LEWIS Clarke has been collecting the Guinness Book of World Records ever since he could remember. Now the Bishopston teen features on one of its very pages for being the youngest person to trek to the South Pole.
But his accomplishments do not stop there.
Lewis achieved seven A*s and three As in his GCSEs this summer - despite taking time out during his studies to complete the 700-mile exhibition.
The 16-year-old QEH student returned from his trek in January after enduring 48-days of temperatures as low as minus 40 degrees, and winds of up to 60mph.
After setting off from the Antarctic coast on December 2, he skied on average nine hours - covering roughly 18 miles - a day.
The record was previously held by Canadian Sarah McNair-Landry, who is two years older than Lewis.
Lewis said: "I wasn't overly concerned with my GCSEs, as I'd already done my maths GSCE in Year 10 and got an A*.
"I'd also done some work before the expedition and knew I'd have to work hard once I got back."
He added: "As for being in the Guinness Book of World Records, it's unbelievable. I've got the book every single year and have loved looking through all the records. It's a really cool thought knowing that I can look in one of the world's most famous publications and see myself in it."
Lewis's dad, Steven Clarke, said that the family were concerned about him missing time off school for the challenge.
His mum, Sarah, even packed some German revision for him to read while he was in Antarctica.
Steven said: "Lewis knew that he'd have to come straight off the ice right into the middle of his GCSE year. But he made that choice, worked like crazy when he got back and it clearly paid off.
"After his mocks, just two weeks after he got back from the South Pole, we went to parent's evening fearing the worst, but he did so well. One of his teachers even said they wondered if all the pupils should go to Antarctica before exams.
"He's just got the most remarkable focus and determination - we're so proud of him. Sometimes you have to take big risks in life, he did, and we're so pleased it all worked out for him."
Headmaster at QEH, Stephen Holliday, said: "Lewis's achievements are remarkable - he is such an inspiration to the other boys at QEH.
"Everything he has achieved this summer, has been achieved with modesty. His deserved place in the Guinness Book of World Record is great news."
Since Lewis's return, he has been inundated with requests to speak at local schools, scout groups and charity events.
He will be speaking at schools across Bristol, Cardiff, and Berkshire; a scout group in Bath; as well as at talks hosted by SPLASH! Wiltshire, Royal Geographic Society, Jaguar-Land Rover and McLaren F1.
Lewis will also be continuing to find out how the money he has raised for the Prince's Trust is helping young people across Bristol.

Lewis Clarke with Guinness World Record
Photo courtesy of Guinness World Records