Huge congratulations are due to Galway based Gary Thornton who battled some of the most extreme conditions on the planet to place first in the North Pole Marathon.
The Galway City Harriers athlete, who is also a school teacher, beat a number of other international competitors to win the race Marathon in an impressive time of 3:49:29 hrs
The -30C temperatures coupled with difficult underfoot conditions for the race made for and extremely challenging event. Thornton said it was the “most surreal running experience of his life”. Holding a marathon PB of 2:17 hrs, he said it was “very tough after the first third of the race” and a “mental battle to get to the finish”. (npmarathon.com)
Gary’s wife Elaine Barrett took part in the half marathon on the same grueling course and finished in a time of 4.54.16 hrs. Tuam AC’s Ian Egan also made the trip to the North Pole to and placed 19th in the men’s marathon in a time of 6.42.10 hrs.