Harry's South Pole race curtailed
December 08, 2013 1:45 AM

LONDON — Organizers of an Antarctic charity race involving Prince Harry said Saturday they are suspending its competitive element because of harsh conditions, but plan to continue the journey to the South Pole.

Harry, 29, is a member of one of three teams involving injured soldiers that set off last week on the 200-mile Walking with the Wounded South Pole Challenge.

Expedition director Ed Parker said the teams were experiencing “a higher degree of stress” than expected and will no longer race one another but travel and camp together.

In a recorded message on the organization’s website, Parker said the teams had had “a pretty tricky couple of days. The weather remains good but the terrain is very difficult, far harder than we had anticipated.”

He said the teams would now be driven for part of the route and then finish the final 70 miles to the pole on foot, likely within a week.

Harry and actors Dominic West and Alexander Skarsgard are on the trek with teams from Britain, the Commonwealth and the U.S.

Guy Disney of the British team said there had been “a few small injuries — nothing too serious” and that the teams were determined to make it to the South Pole.

Harry, an army Apache helicopter pilot who has served in Afghanistan, spent several days in 2011 trekking with wounded servicemen on a similar expedition to the North Pole.

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NASSAU, Bahamas — Actor Danny Glover has received a Career Achievement Award in the Bahamas as he reflected on the role he played as Nelson Mandela while the South African leader was still in prison.

The actor, 67, said late Friday that he was moved by Mandela’s political writings as a student in the 1960s and acknowledged he was the only U.S. actor who portrayed him in a film before the publication of his biography and release from prison in 1990.

“There’s a great deal that comes back over a period of time, those great moments when you thought you were doing something of value, and that the work you were doing as an artist was changing the world,” Glover said.

He received his award at the Bahamas International Film Festival a day after the death of the 95-year-old former South African president and anti-apartheid activist. He earned an Emmy nomination for portraying him in the 1987 TV film “Mandela”.

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