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Irish set records at -41C North Pole race

By Ed Carty

Published 13/04/2015

The Arctic scenery makes a spectacular backdrop for runners (npmarathon.com/PA)
The Arctic scenery makes a spectacular backdrop for runners (npmarathon.com/PA)

Two Irish runners have set records at the North Pole for their marathon endeavours. In -41C, they were among 44 athletes who endured 12 laps of a debilitating 3.5km course of ice and snow around the Russian-operated Camp Barneo yesterday.

The youngest competitor in the UVU North Pole Marathon — 18-year-old Tanj Donovan — was forced to withdraw as she was on the verge of mild hypothermia.

But the daughter of former Irish Olympian Paul Donovan was credited as the youngest person to complete a half marathon on the Arctic ice cap.

“I’m delighted with it. Maybe I’ll come back and do it another time,” she said.

The teenager looked at ease on the treacherous track up until her body temperature began to fall — as low as 34.3C at one point.

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