The Walking With The Wounded South Pole Allied Challenge 2013 will see teams of wounded servicemen and women from the UK, USA, Canada and Australia embark upon one of the most ambitious expeditions of modern times as they take part in a 330km race to the South Pole.
The British team began their rigorous training schedule in preparation for the epic trek that will take place in November and December 2013, under the patronage of Prince Harry (click here to watch a BBC interview with Prince Harry in which he discusses the expedition).
On Friday 25th January they underwent advanced physical testing at the Institute of Naval Medicine in London which allowed the injuries and overall fitness of the team members to be analysed in detail. On Saturday they travelled to Norfolk to continue their preparation. Kett Country Cottages kindly provided one of their properties as a base for the training weekend and from there the team set out along the coast for two days of endurance training. This allowed the Team Managers to clearly understand how the team’s injuries react under stress.
“Of course, the physical aspect of the training was vital but it was also great to let the team members bond and get to know one another. The weekend allowed us to really understand the team members’ injuries but also see how they will gel together as a group. This weekend gave them the opportunity to work and think cohesively.” – Inge Solheim, Expedition Guide