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Marathon on Frozen Continent a Runaway Success

November 24, 2014

Record numbers took part in the 2014 UVU Antarctic Ice Marathon & 100k with victories for Belgium, China, France and Romania.

The Antarctic Ice Marathon & 100k is a full member of the Association of International Marathons & Distance Races (AIMS) and the only official running event on mainland Antarctica and within the Antarctic Circle.

A total of fifty-six competitors from eighteen countries across six continents took part in the races, with six of them electing to run the grueling 100km event.

Poor weather conditions at Union Glacier, Antarctica, delayed the start and organizers elected to operate the 100km on 20 November, with the marathon starting the following day.

Temperatures of -14C combined with persistent wind gusts of 50km per hour ensured a wind chill temperature of -27 Celsius for the 100km runners. A surface of energy-sapping snow combined with poor visibility also meant the race was going to be a slow and testing challenge for even the most hardened of competitors.

China's Penbin Chen somehow appeared to make light work of the conditions and led from start to finish, clinching China's first victory at the Antarctic Ice Marathon & 100k in a very respectable time of 13:57.46 hrs. Oscar Giazzi (ITL) finished second with Kenichi Okazaki (JPN) overtaking Norway's Willy Steinskog in the second half of the race to claim third spot.

The only female athlete to brave the conditions for the 100km was Romania's Adriana Istrate, who took the women's title in a time of 23:49.50 hrs.

Conditions improved for the marathon races on 21 November with sunshine and blue skies revealing the spectacular beauty of the race location. However, the terrain remained soft underfoot, slowing the athletes considerably, while core temperatures of -17C meant they had to remain vigilent for cold weather injuries.

In the men's race, Great Britain's Nicholas Horsfall ran very strongly to lead at the half-way point which was reached in just under two hours. Marc De Keyser (BEL), a previous Antarctic Ice Marathon title holder and two-time Antarctic 100km champion, tracked him closely with Hungary's Istvan Toth, a former winner of the North Pole Marathon, in third place. But at the finish line, De Keyser proved victorious once again in a time of 4:12.21 hrs, just four minutes ahead of Horsfall who recorded a time of 4:16.35 hrs, with Toth taking third position in 4:29.50 hrs.

In the women's race, Fredrique Laurent (FRA) dominated from the outset to win a time of 5:16.15 hrs ahead of Australia's Lynn La Canna and South Africa's Genevieve Pearson.

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

Facebook: www.facebook.com/AntarcticIceMarathon

Full results are posted below.

men's Marathon

rank
first name
last name
nationality
time
bib nº
01
Marc de
Keyser
belgium
04:12:21
54
02
Nicholas
Horsfall
great britain
04:16:35
26
03
Istvan
Toth
hungry
04:29:50
47
04
Mariusz
Wira
poland
04:31:54
51
05
Regis
Depery
france
united states
04.42.21
18
06
Gavin
Montgomery
great britain
04:47:22
37
07
Zac
Poulton
great britain
04:58:24
58
08
Miroslaw
Cydzik
poland
05:03:04
14
09
Ben
Comesky
new zealand
05:13:53
57
10
Lewis
Hartman
great britain
05:28:57
22
11
Larry
Rich
united states
05:32:24
42
12
Samir
Patel
united states
05:41:08
40
13
Christophe
Lebrun
france
05:51:58
32
14
David
Weeds
great britain
05:52:45
48
15
Allesandro
Souza
brazil
05:54:47
44
16
Lee
Alexander
great britain
06:02:57
1
17
Neil
Wilson
south africa
06:05:06
50
18
Friedhelm
Weideman
germany
06:19:08
49
19
Steven
Choate
australia
06:25:54
11
20
Antony
Dubber
great britain
06:29:10
52
21
Chris
Cotteleer
belgium
06:33:06
17
21
Stephane
Holvoet
belgium
06:33:06
24
23
Robert
Bergeron
canada
06:49:10
53
24
Havard
Bo
norway
06:50:54
4
25
Hendrik
Hellemans
belgium
06:52:03
23
26
Jonathan
Chow
hong kong
china
06:52:42
12
27
Enrique
Garin
chile
06:56:02
59
28
Graham
Gillespie
australia
france
07:08:21
20
29
Andy
Chik
hong kong
china
07:10:00
9
30
Andrew
Coop
australia
07:16:07
17
31
Stephen
Hopkins
united states
07:22:39
25
32
Jerico
Padallan
united states
07:29:34
39
33
Brian
Larson
united states
07:32:24
29
34
Michael
Larocca
united states
07:50:55
28
35
Edwin
Ma
hong kong
china
08:01:32
35
36
William
Thomas
united states
08:22:29
46
37
Robert
Conway
united states
08:33:54
14

WOmen's Marathon

rank
first name
last name
nationality
time
bib nº
01
Fredrique
Laurent
france
05:16:15
31
02
Lynn La
Canna
australia
06:44:04
5
03
Genevieve
Pearson
south africa
06:58:31
41
04
Judy
Scrine
great britain
07:04:39
43
05
Agata
Mikolajczyk
poland
07:34:46
36
06
Sindy
Leung
hong kong
china
07:44:43
33
07
Carol
Chang
united states
07:51:04
7
08
Sarah
Ames
germany
07:56:26
2
09
Heather
Carr
united states
08.06.10
6
10
Nancy
Freeman
united states
09:15:30
19

men's HALF Marathon

rank
first name
last name
nationality
time
bib nº
01
Huaqian
Li
china
04:06:55
56

wOmen's half Marathon

rank
first name
last name
nationality
time
bib nº
01
Winnie
Lo
hong kong
china
04:55:12
34
02
Debbie
Chu
hong kong
china
04:57:44
13

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
01
Phillipe
Laurent
france
02:28:30
30

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
Penbin
Chen
china
13:57:46
108
02
Oscar
Giazzi
italy
16:03:39
103
03
Kenichi
Okazaki
japan
17:34:48
105
04
Willy
Steinskog
norway
19:01:47
101
05
Richard
Atkins
great britain
23:49:50
104

WOmen's 100K

rank
first name
last name
nationality
time
bib nº
01
Adriana
Istrate
romania
23:49:50
107

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.

* For Women's 100KM finisher Adriana Istrate (ROM): Official Marathon (42.195km) Split = 8:43:10

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