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Former soldier breaks world record with Greenland ice cap expedition

The five-strong team set off in May, covering almost 400 miles in 27 days. Photo: 65 Degrees North

A former soldier from Flintshire who was seriously injured whilst serving in Afghanistan has become the first amputee in the world to cross the Greenland ice cap unsupported.

Peter Bowker and his team from 65 Degrees North covered almost 400 miles on skis from Kangerlussuaq in the west of Greenland, to Kulusuk in the east.

They pulled sledges weighing up to 300 pounds, containing their food, clothing and survival equipment, while battling extreme weather conditions and temperatures as low as -35°c.

Peter was also in constant pain due to the physical toll on his leg from his prosthetic limb.

But at 1.36am on June 4th - day 27 of the adventure - their dream became a reality.

Watch: Emily Gadd's report on the team's expedition and Jonathan Hill's studio interview with Peter: