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Cool Running Records set in Antarctica

December 7, 2011

Remarkable records were set across the board at the seventh running of the Antarctic Ice Marathon races, the southernmost marathon in the world, over the weekend. More than 40 competitors from 15 countries gathered on the frozen continent to take part in half-marathon, marathon and ultramarathon races that would test the resolve of the most steely of running enthusiasts.

The events, which are held at Union Glacier camp, are the only official foot races within the Antarctic Circle on the mainland continent. This year’s event was particularly special as it coincided with the Centenary year of Man reaching the South Pole. On 1 December, Clement Thevenet (FRA) dominated the men’s marathon (42.195km) distance when running a record time of 3:47:07. In amazingly bright sunshine and temperatures of -18C, the Frenchman led from start to finish to take the title ahead of the USA’s Alvin Matthews and Matthew Von Ertfelda.

Yvonne Brown (GBR) was a worthy winner of the women’s race in 4:26:10, finishing ahead of two previous North Pole Marathon winners, Emer Dooley (IRL) and Alison Hamlett (GBR). The first three finishers broke the previous female record.

On 2 December, the Antarctic 100km began at 13:00 GMT and it took Thevenet a mere 12:09:06 hrs, another new Antarctic record, to add the title to his marathon victory. It was a colder affair with windchill temperatures dropping down to about -25C and the prolonged exposure causing two competitors , including Thevenet, requiring IV fluids after the race. Former winner, Mark de Keyser (BEL) was a very close second with Dave Deany (AUS) third.

To round off the record setting weekend, Richard Donovan (IRL) ran an epic 100 miles in a day (24:35:02 hrs) to coincide with the Centenary year celebrations. Darkness was not a problem for the Irishman as there are 24 hours of daylight in the interior of the Antarctic at this time of year.

Registration is now open for next year's Antarctic Ice Marathon & 100k trip, which is scheduled to occur from 19th - 23rd November 2012. For full details, see www.icemarathon.com.

men's Marathon

rank
first name
last name
nationality
time
bib nº
01
Clement
Thevenet
france
3:47:07 HRS
02
Alvin
Matthews
united states
4:38:19 hrs
03
Matthew
Von Ertfelda
united states
4:52:58 hrs
04
Simon
Abrahams
great britain
4:56:49 hrs
04
Joey
McBreary
united states
4:56:49 hrs
06
Krzysztof
Szachna
poland
5:02:50 hrs
07
Dave
Kennedy
united states
5:06:42 hrs
08
Errol
Damelin
great britain
5:14:30 hrs
09
Taco
Jongman
netherlands
5:23:00 hrs
10
Doug
Carrell
united states
5:44:26 hrs
11
Christopher
Duff
united states
5:53:58 hrs
12
Rusty
Berther
australia
6:02:12 hrs
13
Ray
Miller
united states
6:16:29 hrs
14
Riet
Van de Velde
belgium
6:28:31 hrs
15
Ladislav
Simek
czech republic
6:29:52 hrs
16
Michael
Parrott
canada
6:39:06 hrs
17
Michael
Bartl
germany
6:51:46 hrs
18
Jeremy
Cashen
new zealand
7:28:10 hrs
19
Tom
Cashen
new zealand
7:28:11 hrs
20
Mark
Kooijman
philippines
7:31:18 hrs
21
Don
Kern
united states
7:53:38 hrs
22
Sebastian
Armenault
argentina
8:09:41 hrs
23
Anand
Anantharaman
india
8:45:40 hrs

WOmen's Marathon

rank
first name
last name
nationality
time
bib nº
01
Yvonne
Brown
great britain
4:26:10 hrs
02
Emer
Dooley
ireland
4:41:30 hrs
03
Alison
Hamlett
great britain
4:46:39 hrs
04
Elizabeth
Chapman
great britain
5:43:57 hrs
05
Sarah
Ames
germany
6:35:58 hrs
06
Mala
Honnatti
india
7:11:26 hrs
07
Sophie
Woo
netherlands
7:31:18 hrs
08
Rebecca
Frechette
united states
8:43:50 hrs
09
Linh
Huynh
canada
8:44:53 hrs

men's HALF Marathon

rank
first name
last name
nationality
time
bib nº
01
Chad
Bruce
canada
2:30.32 hrs
02
Matt
Kirby
great britain
3:01:01 hrs

wOmen's half Marathon

rank
first name
last name
nationality
time
bib nº
No items found.

tEAM COMPETITION

rank
first name
last name
nationality
time
bib nº
No items found.

wHEELCHAIR Marathon

rank
first name
last name
nationality
time
bib nº
No items found.

HANDCYCLE Marathon

rank
first name
last name
nationality
time
bib nº
No items found.

men's 10K

rank
first name
last name
nationality
time
bib nº
No items found.

WOmen's 10K

rank
first name
last name
nationality
time
bib nº
No items found.

men's 5K

rank
first name
last name
nationality
time
bib nº
No items found.

men's 100K

rank
first name
last name
nationality
time
bib nº
01
Clement
Thevenet
france
12:09:06 HRS
02
Marc de
DE Keyser
belgium
12:14:18 hrs
03
Dave
Deany
australia
13:48:14 hrs
04
Brent
Weigner
united states
15:41:04 hrs
05
Matthew
Von Ertfelda
united states
20:03:42 hrs

WOmen's 100K

rank
first name
last name
nationality
time
bib nº
No items found.

100 MILE POLAR CENTENARY RUN

rank
first name
last name
nationality
time
bib nº
01
Richard
Donovan
ireland
24:35:02 hrs

men's antarctic triathlon

rank
first name
last name
nationality
time
bib nº
No items found.

* George Nichols (USA) ran a marathon on 2 December in 8:30:12 hrs. * Bonnie Bailey (USA) ran a marathon on 2 December in 8:30:12 hrs.

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