Soldier’s joy at pole trek bid success

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A St Annes soldier has completed his latest challenge to become part of the first injured veterans’ team to walk to both the North and South Poles.

Lance Cpl Nick Webb, 25, of the Royal Dragoon Guards, suffered a fractured heel when he stepped on an Improvised Explosive Device during a tour of Afghanistan in 2012.

Four teams - Team UK, Team Baltic, Team Europa and Team Arctic - took part in the Mamont Cup challenge led by world renowned polar explorers.

Team UK arrived at the North Pole first as part of the expedition, which was sponsored by the Mamont Foundation which aims to raise awareness of the importance of continued research, and exploration of polar regions.

A spokesman for the expedition said: “With conditions in their favour at the start of the journey, the teams made speedy progress to the North Pole with Team UK arriving first followed by Team Baltic, Team Europa and then Team Arctic. “On arrival at the North Pole, the weather conditions changed and the teams had to sit out a huge Arctic storm before being safely flown back to Camp Barneo. They finally arrived at around 10am on Monday. They waited for another storm to pass before flying back to Longyearbyen on Svalbard Island, Norway.”

It was Lance Cpl Webb’s third marathon walk, having trekked to the South Pole with Olympic rower Matthew Pinsent in 2012 in temperatures of minus 44 degrees and navigated 140 miles across Baffin Island in Canada last year with explorer David Hempleman-Adams.