Belfast Telegraph

Runner sets new Antarctica record

An ultramarathon runner has braved some of the coldest temperatures on the planet to set a new record running 100 miles in a day.

Richard Donovan, from Galway, ran through wind-chill of minus 25C, snow and ice on Antarctica for 24 hours 35 minutes and two seconds.

It is the furthest distance anyone has ever covered on foot in a day on the frozen continent.

Donovan suffered only minor injuries in the epic endurance test despite fears of severe frostbite and snow blindness.

"I did feel one of my eyes freeze and I certainly had blurry vision for a short time, but nothing much came of it," he said.

"I thought I'd have a little snowblindness as my eyes were completely bloodshot at the finish, but nothing developed.

"In fact, my lips and nose appear to be the only body parts showing the physical impact of the cold - they are swollen, scabbed and weather beaten, but will heal in a few days."

Speaking from the Chilean capital Santiago en route home, Donovan said the real pains did not kick in until 85 miles into the race.

"I actually felt very good until then when accumulated fatigue and a sore hip and knee bothered me, but that was to be expected," he said.

"I dragged my injured leg around over the remaining distance and felt remarkably well at the end of it."

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