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Irish and Polish victories at 2016 Antarctic Ice Marathon

November 28, 2016

The 12th edition of the annual Antarctic Ice Marathon, the world's most southerly marathon, took place at Union Glacier, Antarctica on 25th November.

Fifty competitors from 17 countries tackled the 42.2 km race, which is the only official marathon held inside the Antarctic Circle and on the Antarctic continental landmass.

Pre-race favorite Gary Thornton lived up to the expectations with a decisive victory in -20C windchill temperatures. The Irish primary school teacher, an Olympic standard marathoner and previous winner of both the North Pole Marathon and Volcano Marathon, led from the start to finish in a time of 3:37:13 hrs. Great Britain's Michael Taylor took second place in 4:18:06 hrs with Gavin Opperman of South Africa coming through strongly for third position in 4:24:04 hrs.

In the women's race, Laurie Koch of the USA lead though the half-way point only to be overtaken by Poland's Joanna Medras, who went on to win in a time of 6:01:45 hrs. Koch finished second in 6:14:59 hrs with China's Fan Zhang taking third in 6:26:39 hrs.

In addition to the podium finishers, fifteen of the ice marathoners achieved membership of The 7 Continents Marathon Club having successfully competed a marathon distance on all of the earth's continents. These comprised Clive Choate (AUS), Christoph Dankert (GER), Javier Castro Guinea (ESP), Mohan Iyer (USA), Bill Karz (USA), Jesper Floyd Kristiansen (DEN), Gavin Opperman (RSA), Eleanor Pienaar (RSA), Stephen Pienaar (RSA), Rob Plijnaar (NED), Jeff Rosen (CAN), Hideaki Sakata (JPN), Chris Seymour (AUS / USA), Signe Simonsen (DEN) and Xian Song (CHN). See www.sevencontinentsmarathonclub.com for the full list.

Six athletes also completed the half marathon race to make an incredible 100% finish rate in this year's marathon and half marathon events.

The 13th edition of the Antarctic Ice Marathon takes place from 23rd - 26th November, 2017. See www.icemarathon.com and www.facebook.com/AntarcticIceMarathon for details.

Full results of the 2016 Antarctic Ice Marathon are posted below.

Contact - Richard Donovan, Polar Running Adventures: rd@icemarathon.com.

Photography - Mark Conlon - mark.conlon@yahoo.co.uk

Video - David Painter - dave@hutc.co.uk

men's Marathon

rank
first name
last name
nationality
time
bib nº
01
Gary
Thornton
ireland
3.37.13
44
02
Michael Edward
Taylor
great britain
4.18.06
43
03
Gavin
Opperman
south africa
4.24.04
27
04
Pieter
De Wet
south africa
4.37.00
8
04
Scott
Rickard
south africa
4.37.00
35
06
Marc
De Keyser
belgium
4.40.31
7
07
J Graham
Keggi
united states
4.48.48
19
08
Duncan
Erasmus
new zealand
4.57.24
11
09
Carlos
Millan
chile
05.03.22
26
10
Eric
Beurton
france
05.09.58
1
11
Christoph
Dankert
germany
5.15.03
5
12
Eric
Rieken
united states
5.26.51
51
13
Gilbert
Summa
france
5.33.23
42
14
Jing Biao
Shan
china
5.38.49
39
15
Wenjin
Wang
china
5.43.02
45
16
Geoffrey
Kehr
great britain
5.45.28
20
17
Paul
Grealish
ireland
5.53.51
53
18
Rob
Plijnaar
netherlands
5.57.03
33
19
Chris
Seymour
australia
united states
5.59.36
38
20
Wojciech
Wiwatowski
poland
06.02.03
48
21
Fabian
Fabbro
australia
06.09.33
12
21
Heinrich
Westenraad
australia
06.09.33
47
21
Shane
Young
australia
06.09.33
49
24
Jeremy
Koch
united states
6.14.59
21
25
Duc
Do
australia
6.29.33
9
26
Bill
Karz
united states
6.33.08
18
27
Hideaki
Sakata
japan
6.36.29
37
28
Stan
De Groot
netherlands
6.41.47
6
29
Mohan
Iyer
united states
6.43.36
16
30
Stephen
Pienaar
south africa
6.51.40
32
31
Mark
Lister
great britain
hong kong
6.52.31
24
32
Xian
Song
china
6.55.17
41
33
Javier Castro
Guinea
spain
07.02.14
14
34
Jesper Floyd
Kristiansen
denmark
07.02.55
23
35
Jeff
Rosen
canada
07.07.26
36
36
Clive
Choate
australia
07.08.15
3
37
Stuart
Horsewood
great britain
08.02.49
15

WOmen's Marathon

rank
first name
last name
nationality
time
bib nº
01
Joanna
Medras
poland
06.01.45
25
02
Laurie
Koch
united states
6.14.59
22
03
Fan
Zhang
china
6.26.39
50
04
Mary
Grealish
ireland
6.39.55
52
05
Bev
Jacobson
great britain
6.42.18
17
06
Eleanor
Pienaar
south africa
6.51.40
31
07
Signe
Simonsen
denmark
7.02.55
40
08
Roxie
Paine
united states
7.14.09
29
09
Anita
Paddock
australia
7.14.46
28
10
Yixin
Wang
china
7.27.16
46
11
Janie
Elrick
new zealand
7.40.08
10
12
Susan
Parker
united states
8.28.27
30
12
Trish
Priest
united states
8.28.27
34

men's HALF Marathon

rank
first name
last name
nationality
time
bib nº
01
Adam
Unger
Israel
1.59.38
57
02
Andy
Elliot
great britain
2.02.38
58
03
Kevin
Bouwsema
canada
2.04.50
55
04
Riet
Van de Velde
belgium
2.23.49
54
05
Frank
Cummings
united states
3.22.36
4

wOmen's half Marathon

rank
first name
last name
nationality
time
bib nº
01
Alex
Sinclair
canada
2.59.14
56

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

MEN'S 100K (JANUARY 2016)

rank
first name
last name
nationality
time
bib nº
1
Griff
griffith
united states
12.18.40
4
2
William
gargiullo
Switzerland
14.17.37
3
3
Dave
dudek
united states
14.25.28
2
4
Millan
ludena
ecuador
16.18.24
7
5
Andrew
kraus
united states
16.36.31
5
6
Markus
schramm
germany
19.52.23
8
7
John
kraus
united states
23.01.47
6

WOmen's 100K

WOMEN'S 100K (JANUARY 2016)

rank
first name
last name
nationality
time
bib nº
1
Angela
chong
Singapore
21.11.09
1

100 MILE POLAR CENTENARY RUN

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

men's antarctic triathlon

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

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