A Bradford mother of trip-lets was today walking into history as part of an all-women trio walking to the North Pole.

Bradford-born Ann Dani-els, Caroline Hamilton and Pom Oliver set off on the historic journey last night after they were held up by blizzards in Resolute Bay in northern Canada for 36 hours.

Last night they successfully made the four-hour flight to the Ward Hunt Island starting point for their 500-mile trek to the North Pole.

The expedition, backed by M&G Investments, was put together by 37-year-old single mother Ms Daniels, who hails from Allerton, Bradford and now lives in Whimple, Devon.

Her seven-year-old triplets Lucy, Rachel and Joseph will be following news of the 60-day trek via the Internet and will be looked after by their grandmother Kathleen Hardacre.

The women are each pull-ing a sledge packed with 250lbs of food and equipment across the constantly moving ice-pack.

The three women have been part of two other successful all women expeditions to the North and South Poles.

They were members of a five-woman M&G-backed expedition which reached the South Pole in January, 2000 - covering 600 miles in 61 days.

In 1997, they were in a 20-strong all woman expedition which reached the North Pole in relays - a 600-mile marathon which was a first for an all woman team.

Ms Hamilton, 35, from central London, and Ms Oliver, 50, from Sussex, were on the last leg of the relay which reached the North Pole.

Ms Daniels, who was on the first leg, cheated death when she plunged through the pack ice into freezing water 12 days after setting out.

But she also reached the North Pole last year - as Britain's first female Polar guide - when she led eight men to the top of the world.

The new expedition is the first time the three women have attempted to battle the whole way to the North Pole together.

They are also hoping to raise funds for the Square Smile charity which helps youngsters with mental illness and cancer.