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

Each tent is named after a famous Antarctic character
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After being ferried in a four-wheel drive the 10K from the runway to Union Glacier camp, we get to bed around 5am. Our two-man tents (which are based on a design used in Shackleton’s Endurance expedition of 1914) aren’t heated, but 24 hours of sunshine and sleeping bags that will keep us warm in temperatures down to -40C make for snug, comfortable living conditions. Everyone skips breakfast in favour of a few hours’ sleep before we meet for a race briefing and tour of the camp at midday. We’re warned not to let the comfortable conditions in camp lead to complacency: this is an extreme environment. We’re warned against frost nip (the precursor to frost bite), snow blindness and the massive hole in the ozone layer directly above us, and told not to wander out of camp because we’re on a glacier and may encounter crevasses.

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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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