A SOUTH Tyneside man and his comrades have become the first group of wounded solders in the world to conquer both the North and South poles.
Sergeant Robbie Harmer, was one of four Royal Dragoon Guards who took part in The Mamont Cup 2015 expedition to the North Pole.
The 32-year-old’s team set off on Tuesday, April 14, to embark on the gruelling 111km challenge which is an international celebration of polar exploration.
However, Sgt Harmer, from Whiteleas, South Shields, and his ‘Team UK’ colleagues are now the first group of injured soldiers from the same squadron, tour and regiment, to make it to both North and South poles. They previously completed the southern challenge in 2012.
The expedition, which marked a celebration of polar exploration, saw Team UK finish the challenge first at the weekend, 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 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 rased cash for ABF The Soldier’s Charity, was led by adventurer David Hempleman-Adam, 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.