UVU North Pole Marathon

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USA & GERMAN VICTORIES AT 2014 NORTH POLE MARATHON

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USA & German Victories at 2014 Race

Mike Wardian (USA) and Anne-Marie Flammersfeld (GER) have won the 2014 UVU North Pole Marathon. The German athlete won the women's title in an event record time of 4.52.45 despite possibly the slowest conditions in the 12 year history of the race. 

Forty-eight athletes from 16 countries lined up at 10:15 GMT on 9th April for what is known as the 'world's coolest marathon'. The race location, on the drifting ice floes of the Geographic North Pole, can attract hungry polar bears and this resulted in armed guards being on hand to patrol the marathon route. A temperature of -30C that dipped even lower with the wind chill, and a course of snow that refused to compact but instead deteriorated, meant a genuine Arctic challenge was in store for the participants. 

Wardian, the four-time USA 50K Champion and world 100K silver medalist, took the lead from the outset. Running on a 3.52km circuit designed to avoid leads (breaks in the ice) and to minimise the risk of polar bear attack, his advantage was never threatened during the 12 loops necessary to complete the standard 42.195 km (26.2 mile) marathon distance. The second placed man was Luke Wigman (GBR) while surprise of the day was perhaps two athletes from tropical Tahiti, Patrick Cande and Bruno Ercoli, who finished third and fourth, respectively. Wardian, a three-time US Olympic Marathon Trials runner, will next join the elite field at the Boston Marathon on 21st April. He described the North Pole Marathon as the toughest marathon he has ever run.

However, the star performance of this year's North Pole Marathon could well be awarded to Anne-Marie Flammersfeld. The Sports Scientist, based in St Moritz, Switzerland, set a new women's record of 4.52.45 despite the feezing temperatures and energy-sapping underfoot conditions. Her time was marginally faster than Fiona Oakes record that was set last year, with Oakes holding a 2:38 hrs marathon PB in normal conditions. Anna Wester (NED) and Shona Thomson (GBR) finishedsecond and third, respectively.

The race attracted a range of runners from military personnel to vastly experienced marathon and ultramarathon runners to charity runners to people making their marathon debut at the top of the world. Of the total race field, six male athletes and three females elected to complete a half marathon. One paticipant was forced to withdraw from the marathon on doctor's advice due to moderate hypothermia. 

Registration for the 2015 North Pole Marathon is now ope on a first come first served basis at www.npmarathon.com

The complete results of the 2014 UVU North Pole Marathon are posted below.

Contact: Richard Donovan (Race Director) - rd@npmarathon.com

Men's Marathon

  Name Time  
1. Michael Wardian (USA) 4.07.40 Bib No. 43 
2. Luke Wigman (GBR) 5.03.55 Bib No. 45
3. Patrick Cande (TAH) 5.46.19 Bib No. 3
4. Bruno Ercoli (TAH) 5.54.46 Bib No. 11
5. Ian Hunt (GBR) 6.42.56 Bib No. 23
6. Hans-Jorg Hegner (SUI) 6.49.16 Bib No. 19
7. William Gargiullo (SUI) 6.54.50 Bib No. 15
8. Sierd Nutma (NED) 7.19.40 Bib No. 32
9. Pierre Wolkonsky (FRA) 7.25.00 Bib No. 46
10. Mark Cooper (AUS) 7.32.18 Bib No. 8
11. Karl Hinett (GBR) 7.40.36 Bib No. 22
12. Ladislav Simek (CZE) 7.57.00 Bib No. 35
13. Douglas Thompson (USA) 8.12.34 Bib No. 39
14. Blake Lanford (USA) 8.14.50 Bib No. 25
15. William Clarke (IRL) 8.46.40 Bib No. 7
16. Alexandr Mazny (RUS) 8.53.07 Bib No. 48
17. Paul Grealish (IRL) 9.01.49 Bib No. 17
18. Christian Ulrich (SUI) 9.14.59 Bib No. 41
19. Howard Choi (USA) 9.19.36 Bib No. 5
20. Horacio Galanti (ARG/CAN) 9.20.59 Bib No. 13
21. Alex Kemp (GBR) 9.21.24 Bib No. 24
22. Gary Parker (GBR) 9.28.47 Bib No. 33 
23. Claudio Gonzalez (ARG/CAN)  9.49.37 Bib No. 16
24. Masao Maki (JPN) 10.03.52 Bib No. 27
25. Michael Boyes (CAN) 10.28.53 Bib No. 1
26. Peter Zehetner (AUT) 10.31.30 Bib No. 47
27. Bryn Hughes (GBR) 11.06.59 Bib No. 21
28. David Friezo (USA) 11.20.26 Bib No. 14
29. Robert Stapleton (IRL) 11.34.06 Bib No. 37
30. Eric Mitchell (USA) 11.54.19 Bib No. 4
31. Scott McKay (CAN) 12.39.28 Bib No. 30

 

Women's Marathon

  Name Time  
1. Anne-Marie Flammersfeld (GER) 4.52.45 Bib No. 12 
2. Anna Wester (NED) 7.57.50 Bib No. 44
3. Shona Thomson (GBR) 9.09.22 Bib No. 40
4. Eleanor Dorran (IRL) 9.21.24 Bib No. 9
5. Pam Solberg-Tapper (USA) 9.53.55 Bib No. 38
6. Jacqui Burke (GBR) 10.09.30 Bib No. 2
7. Judy Scrine (GBR) 10.23.47 Bib No. 34

 

Team Competition

  Name Time
1. UVU Racing Team (Wardian, Flammersfeld, Hinett) 16.41.01 
2. Team EEK (Dorran, Hunt, Kemp) 25.25.44

 

Men's Half Marathon

  Name Time  
1. Ian Egan (IRL) 3.41.07 Bib No. 10 
2. Paul Langan (IRL) 4.18.00 Bib No. 49
3. Yusuke Mamada (JPN) 4.29.10 Bib No. 28
4. Kolja Spori (GER) 6.11.08 Bib No. 36
5. Flavio Lemos (BRA) 6.35.58 Bib No. 26
6. Victor Clarke (IRL) 7.31.10 Bib No. 6

 

Women's Half Marathon

  Name Time  
1. Pia-Margit Hegner (SUI) 3.42.00 Bib No. 20 
2. Mary Grealish (IRL) 4.23.27 Bib No. 18 
3. Orla Murphy (IRL) 5.41.14 Bib No. 31