South Shields soldier’s expedition could reach North Pole today

TEAM UK ... Sergeant Robbie Harmer, second right, with his team-mates in the Mamont Cup 2015 expedition to the North Pole.
TEAM UK ... Sergeant Robbie Harmer, second right, with his team-mates in the Mamont Cup 2015 expedition to the North Pole.

A SOLDIER from South Tyneside who was wounded in Afghanistan is on his way to being on top of the world.

Sergeant Robbie Harmer, is one of four Royal Dragoon Guards who are taking part in The Mamont Cup 2015 expedition to the North Pole.

CHILLY CHALLENGE ... the team at the South Pole in 2012.

CHILLY CHALLENGE ... the team at the South Pole in 2012.

The 32-year-old’s team is one of four who set off on Tuesday to embark on the gruelling 111km challenge which is an international celebration of polar exploration.

Sgt Harmer, from Whiteleas, South Shields, and his ‘Team UK’ colleagues hope to be the first group of injured soldiers from the same squadron, tour and regiment, to make it to both North and South poles. They completed the southern challenge in 2012.

It’s thought Team UK will be the first to arrive at their destination at some point today.

Sarah Little, spokeswoman for the expedition communications team, said: “We’ve been watching all the teams make their journey to the North Pole with excitement and the Royal Dragoon Guards from Team UK are currently set to make it to the pole first.

“In their latest voice update, the team said they were in good spirits and looking forward to the arrival celebrations, despite a tough journey. We look forward to sharing some good news with you all in the very near future “

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 additional 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, which is raising cash for ABF The Soldier’s Charity, is being led by adventurer David Hempleman-Adam,s who is the first person to have reached the magnetic and geographic North and South Poles, as well as climb to the highest point on every continent.

The expedition is sponsored by the Mamont Foundation who aim to raise the awareness of the importance of continued research and exploration in polar regions.

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