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

Union Glacier's blue ice runway
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At 10pm on Tuesday November 29, we leave the frontier town of Punta Arenas in southern Chile for a four-and-a-half hour flight south, very far south, to the Union Glacier camp. After boarding the Ilyushin II-76, the crew hand out earplugs (at first I naively think I’m being offered a sweet). Inside the Soviet-designed and built freighter plane there’s seating at the front for around 40 people and cargo stacked at the back. There has to be good visibility at the Union Glacier blue-ice runway for the plane to land, and we have to be prepared for the severe Antarctic conditions, so we travel in down coats and ski pants to keep us warm once we arrive and disembark onto the ice.

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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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