Fiona Oakes wins the North Pole Marathon in new course record !!!
What an Achievement !
New Course Record Too
Few women have ever been to the North Pole, in fact the first was as recent as 1986!
This year was the 11th North Pole marathon & the course was described as the worst in the races history. The competitors had to run 10 laps of a 2.6 mile circuit of which half was “run-nable” & the other half meant wading through snow fields, up to waist height – all in MINUS 28 degrees with wind chill taking it to minus 33 approx.
Fiona fell over a number of times in the deep snow & damaged her thumb on the 2nd lap – her face mask literally froze to her face & she had to keep rubbing her eyes to stop the water in them from freezing.
This is tough – this is unbelievably tough.
But of course there is tough, there is extremely tough & there is Fiona Oakes – the Queen of the Extreme !
Fiona finished the marathon in 4 hours 53 minutes, smashing the previous course record by 45 minutes !! – the next lady was nearly an hour behind her.
Fiona was only beaten by 2 men in the field which is incredible & means she took 3rd place overall (unprecidented).
Percy Bear finished 1st in the race for small bears, but apparently complained that he was cold all the way round.