Ireland’s Gary Thornton wins Antarctic Ice Marathon
Race held just a few hundred kilometres from the South Pole
Ireland’s Gary Thornton has won one of the most unique runs in the world – the Antarctic Ice Marathon.
Fifty runners from around the world took part in the event, taking on a marked course of 42.2km (26.2 miles) at Union Glacier, Antarctica for what organisers bill as “the southern-most marathon on earth”.
The South Pole was only a few hundred kilometres away from the course.
Thornton won the men’s race with a time of 3 hours, 37 minutes, 13 seconds, while Poland’s Joanna Medras triumphed amongst the women runners with a time of 6:01.45.
“It was really tough. Well, it shouldn’t have been but I don’t know why, it just was,” Thornton said after the race. “I maybe over-heated a bit on the first lap. But it’s good.”
He previously won a marathon at the North Pole.