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Records set in Antarctic Ice Marathon & 100k

December 28, 2008

Perfect conditions for polar running led to records across the board at the recent Antarctic Ice Marathon & 100k. However, a subsequent deterioration in weather saw some of the marathon group spend an unexpected white Christmas in Antarctica!

On December 13th, the nineteen competitors from nine countries set out to complete the southernmost marathon and 100km events in the world. They were greeted by absolutely stunning scenary, clear blue skies, light winds, a relatively compact surface and temperatures of approximately -12C.

Sean McAulay (GBR) led through the first quarter of the men's marathon before being overhauled by Andy Tyson (USA) and Miles Cudmore (GBR). Tyson, a noted mountaineer, has also climbed Antarctica's highest peak, Vinson Massif. He led through the half-way point before being caught by the experienced Cudmore. Cudmore went on to win the 26.2-mile race in a record time of 4:36:53. It also capped his 'Gand Slam' of marathons by running a marathon on all seven continents and at the North Pole. Tyson finished 10 minutes behind in second position with Angelo Henry (RSA) in third place.

Finland's Kirsi Montonen dominated the women's race and also ran a new record time of 5:03:48 when finishing ahead of Molly Loomis (USA) and Mariska Anderegg (NED). Meanwhile, Frank Staples (GBR) successfully completed the Half-Marathon.

As the marathoners battled it out, Marc de Keyser (BEL), Jukka Viljanen (FIN) and female runner Pushpa Chandra (CAN) faced into the daunting Antarctic 100km (62.1 miles) race. De Keyser, the 2007 Antarctic Ice Marathon champion, proved a convincing winner in a record time of 12:49:51 ahead of Viljanen. He won a coveted Kobold expedition watch for his victory in the event. Chandra established a new record time for women of 18:33:08.

Immediately following the conclusion of the marathon event, some of the participants availed of an early flight out of the Antarctic having achieved their marathon success. Those that remained behind encountered a deterioration in weather that lengthened their stay. However, they enjoyed an amazing and unforgettable Christmas Day at 80 Degrees South before returning home.

The next Antarctic Ice Marathon & 100k trip takes place from 10th – 18th December 2009. These are the only official running events within the Antartcic Circle and have guaranteed snow and ice throughout as well as sub-zero temperatures.

Entries for a limit of 20 places are now open. It is possible to combine the experience with trips to the precise Geographic South Pole or a climb of the highest mountain in Antarctica. See the website - www.icemarathon.com - for further details.

men's Marathon

rank
first name
last name
nationality
time
bib nº
01
Miles
Cudmore
great britain
4.36.53 hrs
02
Andy
Tyson
united states
4.46.15 hrs
03
Angelo
Henry
south africa
4.50.15 hrs
04
David
Nicholls
great britain
4.53.36 hrs
05
Michael
Otis
united states
5.17.37 hrs
06
Jeff
Rutherford
united states
5.21.20 hrs
07
Sean
McAulay
great britain
5.33.00 hrs
08
Patrick
Waller
great britain
5.33.50 hrs
09
Rafael Munar
Pons
spain
5.41.58 hrs
10
Stuart
Driver
great britain
6:18:26 hrs
11
Myung Joon (MJ)
Kim
South Korea
united states
6.26.47 hrs
12
Delbert
Baker
united states
6:53:15 hrs

WOmen's Marathon

rank
first name
last name
nationality
time
bib nº
1
Kirsi
Montonen
finland
5:03:48 hrs
2
Molly
Loomis
united states
6.14.00 hrs
3
Mariska
Anderegg
netherlands
7:01:13 hrs

men's HALF Marathon

WHITE CONTINENT HALF-MARATHON

rank
first name
last name
nationality
time
bib nº
1
Frank
Staples
great britain
03:45:18 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
1
Marc de
Keyser
belgium
12:49:51 hrs
2
Jukka
Viljanen
finland
14:01:20 hrs

WOmen's 100K

rank
first name
last name
nationality
time
bib nº
1
Pushpa
Chandra
canada
18:33:08 hrs

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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