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Harry’s South Pole Heroes team reaches the South Pole

13-12-2013

After four weeks and 200km, the Virgin Money South Pole Allied Challenge teams arrived at the South Pole at 12:48 GMT on Friday 13 December – a day considered unlucky for some, but a monumental day for all the team members involved.

“We’re here I am about 10 meters away from the Pole. Everyone is sort of scattered now, we’ve been here for about 20 minutes, maybe half an hour. It’s an amazing feeling it really is.

Every single one of these twelve deserves it. I mean they have dug out blind to get here. Duncan you know, it’s just remarkable the fact that someone with no legs has made it here, and to have done it in record breaking time, no doubt.

And Ivan as well, when I look across I see him being guided around you know, totally blind, from America, and absolutely hates the cold, and you know he’s not doing it for himself, he’s doing it for his buddies back home, and that goes for everybody, every single one here.

All 12 of them have different reasons for being here and I don’t think it’s necessarily something that for all of them that it will, either tonight or tomorrow or when they get back home, but what an amazing journey for every single one of them and this charity really does do amazing things. It’s not just for the small minority that are here but hopefully in time to come through the documentary, and all the stories back home. It will just prove to everybody that there’s so much that can be made possible when you think that nothing is left.

But I’m so proud, I’m so chuffed and I’m so privileged to be here with all these guys and girls, and well done to Ed and Dags and everyone who’s organised this. What an amazing accomplishment. I think we’ll be having a few whiskies tonight and then everyone’s looking forward to getting home.

Mission success.”

- Prince Harry, Expedition Patron

After delays in Cape Town, bad weather conditions in Antarctica, a change in the race start position, a series of injuries and illnesses and the suspension of the race, three teams arrived at the South Pole as a single triumphant group.

The journey has been a rollercoaster of emotions for the wounded ex-servicemen and women, with the last four weeks really pushing them to their physical and mental limits, battling against the elements in the harsh Antarctic environment, as they left behind their family and friends.

The Virgin Money South Pole Allied Challenge set out to show the world the determination and courage of this group of extraordinary people, to provide inspiration for all those who also may have had their lives effected by life changing injuries.

Twelve wounded servicemen and women departed on 17 November from Terminal 3 at Heathrow, London to embark upon the Virgin Money South Pole Allied Challenge. For many of the members though, the challenge started over a year ago as they began their training and preparation for the challenge that lay ahead.

Fast-forward to today, and the feelings of jubilation and pride shine through as the teams stand united at 90ºS 0ºW, the Geographic South Pole.

Twofour captured the trek for an exclusive ITV documentary to air in 2014.

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