Nick’s polar trek

Nick Webb, far right, with Prince Charles, before the expedition to the South Pole and (below) David Hempleman Adams.
Nick Webb, far right, with Prince Charles, before the expedition to the South Pole and (below) David Hempleman Adams.
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A SOLDIER is set to embark on an epic adventure to the South Pole.

LCpl Nick Webb, 22, of St Annes, will take part in the Footsteps of Legends Antarctic Expedition and attempt to walk 140 miles to the southernmost point in the world – with a little help from some special team-mates.

David Hempleman Adams

David Hempleman Adams

The trek marks 100 years since the ill-fated attempt by Capt Robert Scott and Capt Lawrence Oates to be the first to reach the pole.

Nick, a former youth team player at Blackpool FC, said: “The story of how I got involved began as part of the Royal Dragoon Guards. While serving in Afghanistan, I was caught in an explosion which badly damaged my heel. I had to come home and go through a course of rehabilitation.

“While at home we were asked if anyone would be interested in the trek, and I got through to the final three.

“I then found out who we would be walking with. As well as two other soldiers, Cpl Robert Hamer and Capt Adam Crookshank, and several other team-mates, we will be joined by Olympian Matthew Pinsent and renowned explorer David Hempleman-Adams.”

Matthew a winner of four consecutive Olympic Gold medals in rowing for Great Britain and David, a leader of 20 trips to the Arctic and Antarctic, will join the group when the expedition begins on November 19.

Nick has been training for two months for the walk, with his days involving circuit training, swimming and tyre sledging, as he adapts his body to the stresses and strains of pulling a 90kg sledge in sub-zero temperatures.

He added: “We’ll be aiming at 10 to 15 miles a day. We estimate reaching the South Pole on December 12, then after that I head back to Afghanistan for a tour with the Dragoons. The worst part of the trip will be missing my girlfriend Natasha and not being able to eat pizza!”

As part of the build-up to the trek, Nick has met the Prince of Wales, the Colonel and Chief of the Dragoons.

The group hopes to raise funds for the Alzheimer’s Society and Walking with the Wounded charities.

To donate visit www.footstepsoflegends.org.uk