Antarctic Ice Marathon 2011

It's 100 years since Amundsen beat Scott to the South Pole. To mark the anniversary, we headed to the Antarctic for a modern polar challenge: the Antarctic Ice Marathon

by Alison Hamlett; Photos: Alison Hamlett & Mike King

The journey home begins
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We head back to the Ilyushin for the journey back to Punta Arenas with a collective sense of achievement. Clément Thévenet has set a new record for the fastest Antarctic marathon. The top three women all beat the previous ladies’ record. Sarah Ames has become the first woman to run seven marathons on seven continents three times over. Don Kern has completed seven marathons on seven continents in 26 days and a handful of runners have joined the Grand Slam club by running a marathon on every continent plus the North Pole. And those of us who haven’t are feeling so inspired that we’re already plotting how to join them.

The Antarctic Ice Marathon 2012 will take place on November 20. Visit to find out more.

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Absolutely in awe, an amazing achievement well done everyone!!!
Posted: 14/12/2011 at 15:32

Wow - looks totally and utterly amazing!
Posted: 14/12/2011 at 22:05

Congrats to everyone who took part, what a great achievement. An even bigger well done to Yvonne Brown who completed it for a great cause.  All your friends from 'the job' are I'm sure willing to support your efforts. I for one, am.
Posted: 14/12/2011 at 22:13

Well done - looks INCREDIBLE, almost €10000 to enter it next year, which I wan't to be snidy about but purely because i'm incredibly jealous!  maybe one day!
Posted: 15/12/2011 at 23:45


Is it possible for some information with regards to Brand/Make of the footwear used by any of the runners in the Ice Marathon (Antartic) or even any snow/ice race.

I hope to do this run and would like to get my footwear right.


Posted: 03/06/2012 at 08:36

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