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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

Pos Name Time
1 Clement Thevenet (FRA) 3:47:07 hrs
2 Alvin Matthews (USA) 4:38:19 hrs
3 Matthew Von Ertfelda (USA) 4:52:58 hrs
4 Simon Abrahams (GBR) 4:56:49 hrs
4 Joey McBreary (USA) 4:56:49 hrs
6 Krzysztof Szachna (POL) 5:02:50 hrs
7 Dave Kennedy (USA) 5:06:42 hrs
8 Errol Damelin (GBR) 5:14:30 hrs
9 Taco Jongman (NED) 5:23:00 hrs
10 Doug Carrell (USA)   5:44:26 hrs
11 Christopher Duff (USA) 5:53:58 hrs
12 Rusty Berther (AUS) 6:02:12 hrs
13 Ray Miller (USA) 6:16:29 hrs
14 Riet Van de Velde (BEL) 6:28:31 hrs
15 Ladislav Simek (CZE) 6:29:52 hrs
16 Michael Parrott (CAN) 6:39:06 hrs
17 Michael Bartl (GER) 6:51:46 hrs
18 Jeremy Cashen (NZL) 7:28:10 hrs
19 Tom Cashen (NZL) 7:28:11 hrs
20 Mark Kooijman (PHI)  7:31:18 hrs
21 Don Kern (USA) 7:53:38 hrs
22 Sebastian Armenault (ARG) 8:09:41 hrs
23 Anand Anantharaman (IND) 8:45:40 hrs
     
  * George Nichols (USA) ran a marathon on 2 December in 8:30:12 hrs  

 WOMEN'S MARATHON

 

Pos Name Time
1 Yvonne Brown (GBR) 4:26:10 hrs
2 Emer Dooley (IRL) 4:41:30 hrs
3 Alison Hamlett (GBR) 4:46:39 hrs
4 Elizabeth Chapman (GBR) 5:43:57 hrs
5 Sarah Ames (GER) 6:35:58 hrs
6 Mala Honnatti (IND) 7:11:26 hrs
7 Sophie Woo (NED) 7:31:18 hrs
8 8. Rebecca Frechette (USA)  8:43:50 hrs
9 Linh Huynh (CAN) 8:44:53 hrs
     
  * Bonnie Bailey (USA) ran a marathon on 2 December in 8:30:12 hrs  

 

 ANTARCTIC 100 KM

Pos Name Time
1 Clement Thevenet (FRA) 12:09:06 hrs
2 Marc de Keyser (BEL)  12:14:18 hrs
3 Dave Deany (AUS)  13:48:14 hrs
4 Brent Weigner (USA) 15:41:04 hrs
5 Matthew Von Ertfelda (USA)  20:03:42 hrs

100 MILE POLAR CENTENARY RUN

Pos Name Time
1 Richard Donovan (IRL) 24:35:02 hrs

WHITE CONTINENT HALF-MARATHON

 

Pos Name Time
1 Chad Bruce (CAN)  2:30.32 hrs
2  Matt Kirby (GBR) 3:01:01 hrs