Fiona wins the North Pole Marathon – report!

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.

Fiona now holds FIVE marathon course records

Two in the UK, Two in Finland

…& one on the top of the World !

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