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South Pole team reunite to tell their stories

Calendar has been following the story of the wounded soldier who has braved the elements and battled his way to the south pole. Rotherham-born Ibrar Ali was one of group of injured servicemen and women taking part in the Walking with the Wounded challenge.

The team had royalty in their ranks with Prince Harry joining them on their trek. The team is back on home soil and they have been reunited to tell their stories. David Wood's report contains some flash photography.

Wounded soldier completes South Pole trek

Congratulations from the Calendar team to an injured serviceman from Selby, who has finished a gruelling trek to the South Pole as part of the charity Walking with the Wounded's latest expedition.

Ibrar Ali was in a group of injured servicemen and women who - along with Prince Harry - trekked more than two hundred miles across the bleak continent in temperatures as low as minus forty-five degrees. It's taken the team just under a month to complete the journey.


Prince Harry and his team reach the South Pole

Captain Ibrar Ali who walked to the bottom of the world today Credit: PA Pictures

Prince Harry and his fellow adventurers including an army captain from Yorkshire have reached the South Pole, organisers of the Walking With The Wounded charity trek say.

After more than three weeks pulling sleds across the frozen wastes the group stood at the bottom of the world at midday.

The adventurers include Captain Ibrar Ali from the Yorkshire Regiment and 11 other servicemen and women from the UK and other nations who have suffered terrible injuries, including the loss of limbs.

Their trek took them more than 200 miles across the bleak continent to the geographic South Pole.

South Pole trek

The Sole Pole team set off today

Prince Harry will set off today alongside three teams of wounded soldiers from the United Kingdom, United States and the Commonwealth who are racing to the South Pole.

A theme tune has been written by a local musician from York, while wounded soldier Ibrar Ali from Rotherham is also heading out.

All three teams depart from London today for Cape Town, South Africa. They are due to arrive in Novo, Antarctica on November 19 to begin acclimatisation, moving to 87° south on November 30.

They are aiming to complete the 335km expedition by December 16. Actors Dominic West and Alexander Skarsgard also taking part.