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Iron Man Vabrousek wins Antarctic Ice Marathon

November 25, 2013

The Czech Republic's Petr Vabrousek and Great Britain’s Fiona Oakes won the 2013 UVU Antarctic Ice Marathon titles in record time. The Ice Marathon took place at Union Glacier, Antarctica, and is recognized as the world’s southernmost marathon and the only official running event within the Antarctic Circle.

Temperatures were an ice cool -21C when the event got underway at 13:10 GMT on Wednesday 20 November. A total of 56 athletes from 21 countries took part in this ninth edition of the event, which is an essential race for marathon runners seeking to join the Seven Continents Marathon Club. While five athletes contested the half-marathon, 51 took part in the 42.2km feature marathon race.

Despite the frigid temperatures and challenging underfoot conditions of snow and ice, the pace was quick from the outset. Vabrousek, the 2011 ITU Long Distance Triathlon World Cup winner and veteran of 136 Ironman triathlons, took the early lead. However, he was closely pressed by Australia’s Alistair McLaren over the first 15km. Vabrousek reached the half-way point in 1 hour 44 minutes, holding a three-minute lead on McLaren with Slovakia's Daniel Palko a little further back in third position.

Meanwhile, it was similarly tight at the front of the women’s race with the reigning North Pole Marathon winner, Fiona Oakes, holding a two-minute advantage at half-way. Oakes, who holds a marathon personal best of 2 hours 38 minutes reached half-way in 2 hours 10 minutes, ahead of Australia's Lauren Jones and Great Britain's Charlotte Waller in second and third places, respectively. Amazingly, Jones was experiencing snow for the first time in her life.

In the men's race, Vabrousek extended his lead on the second of two-circuits to cross the finish line in a new event record time of 3:34.47 hrs. The delighted Czech, who trained in -22C in a freezer for the race, said "You can’t feel bad finishing this marathon. It’s a fantastic experience. I have completed maybe 160 marathons in my life but nothing so beautiful." McLaren was second in 3:56.54 hrs and Palko third in 4:18.18 hrs.

Oakes won the women's race in an equally impressive new event record time of 4:20.02 hrs, ahead of Jones in 4:44.56 hrs and Waller in 5:47.23 hrs. The Briton said "I can’t believe it. It’s beyond my wildest dreams to win both the North Pole Marathon and the Antarctic Ice Marathon in the same year."

There was a double celebration for Vabrousek, who subsequently won the gruelling Antarctic 100km event on 22 November. His very impressive time of 11:21:46 hrs was also a new record. Scotland's Audrey McIntosh was the sole female competitor in the 100k, coming home in a time of 17:19:51hrs.

The Antarctic Ice Marathon organisers also experimented with a winter 'Antarctic Triathlon' that is now set to become an annual event. Six Japanese athletes successfully completed legs of running, mountain biking and x-country skiing.

CONTACT: Richard Donovan, Race Director – rd@icemarathon.com , www.icemarathon.com

Full Results are posted below.

men's Marathon

rank
first name
last name
nationality
time
bib nº
01
Petr
Vabrousek
czech republic
03.34.47
48
02
Alistair
McLaren
australia
03.56.54
29
03
Daniel
Palko
Slovenia
04.18.18
33
04
Pieter
Joubert
south africa
04.44.56
21
04
Retief
Joubert
south africa
04.44.56
22
06
Michael
Baer
Switzerland
05.04.41
2
07
Guilherme Costa
Tacco
brazil
05.04.47
45
08
Tom
Wilhelm
united states
05.06.08
52
09
Maciej
Kurzajewski
poland
05.06.43
24
10
Jan Hendrik
Panitz
germany
05.09.42
34
11
Sergio
Luiz Lopes
brazil
05.17.42
25
12
Mark
Collins
united states
05.26.29
7
13
Colin
Wright
australia
05.42.21
53
14
Michael
Meehan
united states
05.48.34
30
14
Angel
Garcia-Cordero
spain
05.48.34
8
16
Malek
Boukerchi
france
05.51.41
4
17
Marten
Hellman
finland
05.52.45
17
18
Martin
Steer
great britain
05.55.40
42
19
Zafer
Civelek
turkey
06.02.20
6
20
Patrick
Waller
great britain
06.05.02
50
21
David
Baras
united states
06.07.11
3
22
Mikio
Watanabe
japan
06.18.49
51
23
Jagjit
Singh
great britain
06.20.36
40
24
Andrew
Richardson
great britain
06.21.51
36
25
Shokei
Suda
japan
06.43.41
44
26
Alexander
Tauchhammer
austria
06.52.16
47
27
Jon
Howard
great britain
06.54.15
18
28
Takanori
Hamaguchi
japan
06.57.40
14
29
Kazuhiro
Kobari
japan
06.58.12
23
30
Jurgen
Schuster
great britain
07.06.49
37
31
Matthew
Popham
australia
07.11.46
35
31
Gareth
Spencer
australia
07.11.46
41
33
Aydin
Demirchi
azerbaijan
07.20.50
9
33
Gafar
Demirchi
azerbaijan
07.20.50
10
35
Masao
Maki
japan
07.26.19
26
36
Jun
Ishida
japan
07.35.24
19
37
Zhu
Han
china
07.54.16
15
38
Shinichi
Narita
japan
08.16.21
31
39
Michael
Sicard
united states
09.04.38
39

WOmen's Marathon

rank
first name
last name
nationality
time
bib nº
01
Fiona
Oakes
great britain
04.20.02
32
02
Lauren
Jones
australia
04.44.56
20
03
Charlotte
Waller
great britain
05.47.23
49
04
Audrey
McIntosh
great britain
05.47.53
28
05
Sarah
Steer
great britain
05.55.40
43
06
Felicity
Goddard
great britain
05.59.32
13
07
Alexandra
Hanson
united states
06.02.45
16
08
Yvonne Elizabeth
Chee
Singapore
06.34.46
5
09
Beibei
Fan
china
06.52.16
11
10
Adjoa
Smalls-Mantey
united states
08.05.45
27
11
Katrina
Arber
united states
08.08.18
1
12
Jennifer
Sicard
united states
09.04.38
38

men's HALF Marathon

rank
first name
last name
nationality
time
bib nº
1
Rob
Taylor
great britain
02.22.30
54
2
Rob
Bergron
canada
02.42.33
56
3
Anthony
Dubber
great britain
03.08.02
55
4
Tomio
Fujii
japan
04.41.32
12

wOmen's half Marathon

rank
first name
last name
nationality
time
bib nº
1
Kazue
Tajima
japan
04.45.11
46

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
Petr
Vabrousek
czech republic
11.21.46
48
2
Daniel
Palko
Slovenia
16.52.37
33
3
Tom
Wilhelm
united states
19.04.18
52
4
Malek
Boukerchi
france
22.23.12
4

WOmen's 100K

rank
first name
last name
nationality
time
bib nº
1
Audrey
McIntosh
great britain
17.19.51
28

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
1
Mikio
Watanabe
japan
04:07:05
6
2
Kazuhiro
Kobari
japan
04:19:56
3
3
Shokei
Suda
japan
04:48:16
5
4
Takanori
Hamaguchi
japan
04:50:13
1
5
Jun
Ishida
japan
06:17:00
2
6
Shinichi
Narita
japan
06:36:18
4

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