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Cool Competition at the 2015 North Pole Marathon

April 11, 2015

Czech runner Petr Vabrousek kept his composure to clinch one of the world’s most gruelling sporting challenges, the North Pole Marathon.

The 42-year-old completed the 42.2 km run in a winning time of four hours, 22 minutes and 24 seconds while Australia’s Heather Hawkins reigned supreme in the women’s event.

The race certainly lived up to its trademark name as the World's Coolest Marathon with temperatures of -30C at the outset. With a wind speed of 5mps / 18km/hr, a wind chill of -41C was recorded during the race.

Forty-three participants from five continents and twenty-one countries were represented in the event.

Former world marathon champion, Rob de Castella, fired the starting gun and the race was underway at 1215 hrs GMT on 11th April. Although underfoot conditions were reasonable at the outset, the course deteriorated as athletes repeated the approximate 5 km loops. Armed polar bear guards kept a close eye on proceedings. 

Vabrousek, the 2011 ITU Long Distance Triathlon World Cup champion and a veteran of 152 Ironman distance triathlons, had previously won both the Antarctic Ice Marathon and Antarctic 100 in 2013. His talent and experience was showing one-third of the way through the race as he led comfortably from Douglas Wilson (AUS), Daniel Palko (SVK), Martin Molsater (NOR), and Jon Brand (AUS).

Vabrousek's eventual winning time was 4:22:24 hrs, ahead of Doug Wilson (AUS) in second place in a time of 5:01:38 hrs and Daniel Palko (SVK) third in 5:08:56 hrs.

There was a dramatic finish in the women's competition when Heather Hawkins (AUS) overhauled Alice Burch (GBR) in the final few miles to take the title in a time of 6:57:39 hrs. Burch finished in a time of 7:04:42 hrs, just ahead of third place finisher Jennifer Cheung (CHN / HKG) in 7:06:06 hrs.

Richard Donovan, Race Director    

Full results are posted on the official website.

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