Brynmawr sports nutritionist supplies energy drinks to Prince Harry on trek to South Pole
2:02pm Friday 25th October 2013 in News
A SPORTS nutritionist is celebrating after being chosen to supply energy supplements to Prince Harry and injured military personnel on a daring trek to the South Pole.
Darren Foote, 47, of Western Ave, Brynmawr, said he beat leading brands worth billions to become the official energy drink supplier for the South Pole Allied Challenge next month.
His Royal Highness will trek for about 200 miles battling -35 C temperatures in a race challenging teams of wounded servicemen and women from the UK, US and Commonwealth.
The Prince used his energy boost supplements, called Mountain Fuel, on a similar trek to the North Pole in 2011.
Mr Foote developed the drinks, said to give sportsmen “instant refuelling”, after serving with the Royal Military Police in North Ireland and the Gulf War.
The father-of-two said: “I’m just been absolutely overwhelmed. They approached two very big companies in the world of nutrition and turned them down flat.
“It’s made me feel very proud I have been able to achieve something. They are giant companies worth billions.
“I have been given huge commendation for excellence and quality. I am very honoured I have invented a product taken to the North and South Pole by Prince Harry and the teams.”
The Walking with the Wounded teams will fly to Antarctica on November 17 and hope to reach the Geographical South Pole on December 17.
The race will highlight the determination of injured soldiers who have served to protect nations in the Western World.
Walking with the Wounded co-founder, Ed Parker, used the blackcurrant and passion fruit flavoured drinks for the North Pole expedition with Prince Harry in 2011.
He said: “It was like an instant refuelling – the next two hours sledge hauling until our next break was always easier.
“ We need the same again for our race South and so it was obvious to ask Darren again if he could provide all three skiing teams the energy drinks we require.”
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