For two consecutive Sundays, 16 March and 23 March at 8pm GMT, ITV will be airing ‘Harry’s South Pole Heroes’, the two-part documentary following the quest of the Virgin Money South Pole Allied Challenge 2013.
The Walking With the Wounded teams arrived at the South Pole on 13 December 2013 at 13:25 GMT after three grueling weeks of walking and sled pulling. Temperatures on the 200-mile journey dropped to -45C along with blustery and sometimes rather dangerous wind conditions. The three teams skied for approximately 12 hours each day taking a 10 minute break every two hours.
In episode one, airing on Sunday viewers will meet Walking With The Wounded Expedition Patron Prince Harry and the members of Team Glenfiddich. Viewers will hear about the severe injuries suffered by each member of the team and watch as they endure a demanding training regime to prepare for their epic journey. Episode one will also show the team meeting The Queen at Buckingham Palace as well as their sendoff by friends and family for the quest for the Antarctic.
A clip from this evenings programme:
WWTW’s goal is to raise awareness of the incredible courage, daily struggle and fierce determination of wounded servicemen and women. It is also to raise money to help assist in career placement and job training for the wounded and sick who are no longer serving.
The three teams raised money and were representatives for their respective charities. The United Kingdom for WWTW, Australia for Soldier On, the United States for Soldiers to Summits and Canada for Soldier on.
In 2011, Harry was patron of the WWTW North Pole journey and participated for a few days with the team on their journey. He was also patron of the 2012 expedition to Mount Everest.
photo credit: Anthony Upton/ITV