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
After a breakfast of porridge, pancakes, fresh fruit and coffee, we climb into the back of a motorised sledge to drive up to the start. The marathon course will be one and three-quarter laps of a 25K loop so we need to travel from the camp – where the race will finish – to the start. There has been a lot of debate among the runners about what to wear, especially after camp meteorologist Marc de Keyser gives us a weather update that the air temperature is -12C, dropping to -25C with the wind chill out on the course. The Union Glacier camp is protected from high winds by the surrounding mountains but out on the course it may be breezier. I go for a merino baselayer, thin fleece and windproof shell on top, and wool thermals and windproof trousers. On my head I wear a balaclava and goggles, and on my hands fleece gloves under windproof mittens. I pull two pairs of wool socks onto my feet, followed by Pearl Izumi trail shoes. Everyone slathers on factor 50SPF as protection against the sunlight pouring through the hole in the ozone layer.
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.
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