We have just heard from Brian Newham and he has confirmed that the expedition will begin today. The weather there is fine, with little cloud and light winds.

The plan is now for the Ice Team to get to the coast and mark the start at 1200GMT. In the meantime, the team are doing all the preparatory work which the four days of bad weather have prevented them from doing.

There is a small chance that a bank of low stratus cloud which is sat off the coast could cause issues. If that starts to invade the coast the team will head down straight away and begin whilst the visibility is still good.

Whatever happens, today is the day!!

TCJ Team, London