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

Clément Thévent storms to marathon victory and sets a new course record
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The first runner home is Frenchman Clément Thévent, who leads from start to finish to win the men’s marathon in a course-record time of 3:47:07. Behind him is Yvonne Brown from the UK who finishes second overall and wins the women’s race in an impressive 4:26:10. Alvin Matthews of the USA finishes third in 4:38:19 closely followed by the second and third women: Ireland's Emer Dooley who finishes in 4:41:30 and Alison Hamlett (UK) who completes the marathon in 4:46:39. With three women in the top five finishers, it's the strongest women's field ever, and all three break the course record. Each time a runner appears on the horizon, everyone leaves the mess tent to give them a cheer as they approach the finish. Standing around afterwards isn’t encouraged though: it’s straight into the mess tent for some hot food and a change into warm dry clothes.

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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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