A SOUTH Tynesider and his comrades have become the first group of wounded solders in the world to conquer both the North Pole and South Pole.
Sergeant Robbie Harmer was one of four Royal Dragoon Guards to take part in this year’s Mamont Cup expedition to the North Pole.
The 32-year-old’s team set off on Tuesday, April 14, on the gruelling 69-mile challenge and completed it at the weekend
That makes Sgt Harmer, of Whiteleas, South Shields, and his Team UK colleagues the first group of injured soldiers from the same squadron, tour and regiment, to make it to both poles, having completed the southern trek in 2012.
Team UK finished the challenge first, followed by Team Baltic, Team Europa and then Team Arctic.
Sgt Harmer, who was shot in the leg as he rescued a wounded Afghan builder in 2010, previously told the Gazette: “We’ve all been training hard and doing different things in addition to our normal training to help us get ready for the trip.
“The South Pole trip was great ,but it was really hard.At times, the temperatures dropped to -40C.”
Sgt Harmer’s team, raising cash for the Army Benevolent Fund, was led by adventurer David Hempleman-Adam, the first person to have reached the magnetic and geographic North and South poles, as well as climbing to the highest point on every continent.
The expedition was sponsored by the Mamont Foundation to raise awareness of the importance of continued research and exploration in polar regions.