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Rob is in South Pole for Prince Harry’s icy trek

Rob Leveritt ofClipston

Rob Leveritt ofClipston

A man who once walked to the North Pole to film an epic journey by wounded soldiers is now trekking to the South Pole with Prince Harry to help tell the story of injured servicemen and women.

Rob Leveritt, of Clipston, is filming and photographing the Walking With The Wounded expedition to the South Pole, which got underway on December 1.

The expedition is being joined by fellow service personnel and is raising funds for the Walking With The Wounded charity, which helps wounded, injured or sick soldiers and assists them in finding a career after military life.

Mr Leveritt took part in a similar expedition by the charity to the North Pole in 2011.

The racing element of the new expedition had to be called off on Friday.

The challenge’s director Ed Parker was forced to suspend the three-team race due to safety concerns.

Mr Leveritt and Prince Harry’s team were taking part in a race across the Antarctic against teams headed by actors Alexander Skarsgard and Dominic West, but organisers halted the race aspect as the adventurers encountered dangerous terrain.

Mr Parker said the participants were struggling with the conditions and concerns for their safety prompted organisers to stop the race.

The three teams will now aim to reach the finishing line together.

Speaking on Saturday, Mr Parker said: “Until now, the three teams have been racing against one another across the plateau, but I took the decision to suspend the race.

“The reason for this is entirely simple – safety, which remains the core principle of our expeditions.”

Mr Leveritt sent a message from his Twitter account on November 21 confirming he was to be a part of the expedition this year. He said: “Two firsts this morning. One, off to Antarctica (finally) and two, my father has joined Twitter. Right off we go then.”

Sound recordist and photographer Rob has the task of filming the challenge but he became very much a part of the North Pole expedition despite originally thinking he might be filming from the relative safety of a Skidoo.

He would walk with the soldiers for 10 hours a day in temperatures averaging -40C while pulling supplies on a sledge behind him.

After this first expedition he gave talks at events hosted by the Harborough Lions and Little Bowden Women’s Institute.

 

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