FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
KOREAN WINS 2008 NORTH POLE MARATHON
Byeung Sik Ahn (Korea) won the 2008 North Pole Marathon which took place at
04:30 GMT on 1st April. The winner of the women's title was Cathrine Due of
Denmark. Constant daylight and -29C temperatures greeted competitors at the
top of the world.
The men's race was a close event over the ititial stages before Ahn's
persistent pressure on the frozen ice floes finally began to reap
dividends. He developed a widening gap over his opponents during the second
have of the race and crossed the line in a winning time of 4:02:37.
Meanwhile, the Lithuanian Ignas Staskevicius overhauled Charles Sanders of
Great Britain for second position. Ahn will receive a special Kobold
expedition watch for being the outright winner.
Cathrine Due and Margit Andersen, the two Danes in the women's event,
battled thoughout. However, Due proved the stronger in the latter stages to
take the women's title. Kirsty Devonport of Great Britain was third.
Unfortunately, unusual logistical delays at the Pole this season impacted
the race field. A five-day wait was caused due to delays in establishing
the North Pole camp and this led to two competitors having to withdraw
before the race began. Furthermore, an effective cut-off time of
seven-and-a-half hours was abruptly forced upon competitors by the
logistics company in order for them to make a return flight to Norway.
Nevertheless, all participants stood at 90 Degrees North, the precise
Geographic North Pole. In addition, the few remaining competitors who were
agonisingly close to completing the 26.2-mile distance have been invited to
attend for free next year. Moreover, the race organisers prefer to have
everybody given a much lengthier time to finish the event if necessary.
Next year is the Centenary of Man reaching the Pole. To register for the
race, which is now expected to occur in early April 2009, see
The North Pole Marathon is contained in Guinness World Records as the
northernmost marathon on earth. It is also a member of the Association of
International Marathons & Distance Races.
1. Byeung Sik Ahn (Korea) 4:02:37 Bib No. 1
2. Ignas Staskevicius (Lithuania) 4:19:05 Bib No. 25
3. Charles Sanders (Great Britain) 4:21:27 Bib No. 23
4. Jurgen Heilbock (Germany) 4:50:01 Bib No. 17
5. Hans-Wilhelm Hamke (Germany) 5:21:07 Bib No. 14
6. Craig Davis (Australia) 5:47:50 Bib No. 8
7. Darius Jurgaitis (Lithuania) 5:54:18 Bib No. 19
8. Peter Ferris (Ireland) 6:12:05 Bib No. 12
9. Steve Bicknell (Great Britain) 6:27:10 Bib No. 6
10. Christer Klingspor (Sweden) 7:01:10 Bib No. 20
11. Wayne Pollock (Ireland) 7:10:22 Bib No.27
12. Hans-Jacob Berntsen (Norway) 7:22:08 Bib No. 5
1. Cathrine Due (Denmark) 5:37:14 Bib No. 11
2. Margit Andersen (Denmark) 5:53:10 Bib No. 3
3. Kirsty Devonport(Great Britain) 6:12:05 Bib No. 9
4. Alison Gill (Great Britain) 6:44:08 Bib No. 13
5. Marie-Hamren Larsson (Sweden) 7:04:32 Bib No. 16