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2015 World Marathon Challenge a Runaway Success

The first ever World Marathon Challenge finished in Sydney, Australia on Friday (January 23rd, 2015) after a gruelling series of seven marathons in seven days, across seven continents - one of the toughest footraces in the world.

Ten competitors - nine men and one woman - completed 183 miles on foot, travelling approximately 24,000 in total over the week period, experiencing temperature variations of 50 degrees Celsius and for the most part sleeping and eating on the flights between the locations.

Two competitors, one man and one woman, completed a half marathon option.

At each location, local running experts ensured that all the marathons ran on the custom made courses were the correct precise distance, while the timings on location for each race were tightly controlled to ensure the competition could be completed on time.

Beginning at the Union Glacier Camp, the only private seasonally occupied camp in the Antarctic, deep within the Antarctic Circle, the challenge started on an overcast evening on January 17, where temperatures fluctuated between -5 and -15 degrees Celsius.

The first to cross the finish line was David Gething from Hong Kong, in a time of 3:21:35, with Australian Doug Wilson coming in second some 30 minutes later.

Once the marathon was finished, the athletes climbed into an adapted Russian Ilyushin transport aircraft, flying to Punta Arenas in Chile, 4 hours and 30 minutes away.

With no chance for rest except for the hours spent in the air, they were then battling heavy winds instead of snow in the city, which lies on the edge of the Straits of Magellan.

Despite the windy conditions, Gething set the early pace and won the second marathon in 3:23:01.

From Punta Arenas it was then a 15 hour flight via Santiago, the Chilean Capital, to the sunny city of Miami the third leg and an early start for the athletes, where Aussie Doug Wilson took top honours in a time of 3:41:28.

Following an eight hour transatlantic trip to the Spanish Capital Madrid and Casa de Campo Park just two miles from the city centre was the location, where a fierce rivalry for overall top honours was developing as David Gething wins the race in 3:36:06 with Douglas Wilson coming in second in 3:36:21.

The athletes left Madrid and took the shorter hop to Marrakech, where they embarked on a night time run in the pouring rain. Doug Wilson finishes first in 4:20:36, where the inevitability of exhaustion and fatigue, and the demands of travel were all starting to take their toll.

Dubai followed Marrakech, where the athletes assembled in nice sunshine and warm conditions for the start of the race.

The finish saw overall leaders Doug Wilson and David Gething crossing the line together, before taking the long haul flight of 17 hours to Sydney, where all expectations were focused on the final race beginning at midnight.

Gething had, at that point, accumulated a 44 minute and 31 second advantage over Wilson, who eventually won his home leg, in a time of 3:17:11 - the fastest marathon of the week.

But despite Wilson's efforts, second placed Gething did enough to win the Inaugural World Marathon Challenge Champion title.

Finland's Marianna Zaikova subsequently became the first woman to run seven marathons in seven continents in seven days.

All competitors succeeded in completing the Challenge within 168 hours, or 7 Days. The event started in Antarctica at 09:30 Sydney Time on 17 January 2015 and the last competitor finished hours before the 7 Day deadline of 09:30 Sydney Time on 24th January.

Please see the timeline on our Facebook Page for updates as they happened!

 

MEN'S OVERALL MARATHON RESULTS

Rank Name Nat Total Time Average Time
1st David Gething HKG 25:36:03 3:39:26
2nd Douglas Wilson AUS 26:08:14 3:44:02
3rd James Love GBR 28:24:09 4:03:27
4th Marcelo Alves BRA 31:11:40 4:27:23
5th Pierre Wolkonsky FRA 32:21:56 4:37:25
6th James Danaher GBR 33:57:14 4:51:02
7th Tim Durbin USA 37:39:18 5:22:45
8th Jon O'Shea GBR 37:49:43 5:24:15
9th Ted Jackson GBR 45:29:35 6:29:56

 

MEN'S MARATHON RESULTS BY LOCATION

Name Antarctica S America N America Europe Africa Asia Australia
David Gething 03:21:35 03:23:01 03:41:49 03:36:06 04:20:55 03:43:06 03:29:31
Douglas Wilson 03:52:52 03:36:40 03:41:28 03:36:21 04:20:36 03:43:06 03:17:11
James Love 03:56:55 04:06:21 03:46:15 04:07:56 04:36:01 03:54:17 03:56:24
Marcelo Alves 04:10:38 04:20:02 04:04:38 04:37:44 04:43:13 04:42:24 04:33:01
Pierre Wolkonsky 04:08:22 04:03:21 04:21:31 05:00:33 05:32:57 05:21:09 03:54:03
James Danaher 04:53:25 04:54:17 04:19:41 04:31:47 05:57:21 04:27:16 04:53:27
Tim Durbin 04:36:25 05:40:55 05:23:04 05:24:35 05:58:24 05:40:21 04:55:34
Jon O'Shea 05:40:33 04:47:18 04:44:20 04:53:14 06:19:33 05:32:23 05:52:22
Ted Jackson 05:59:07 06:22:13 06:36:01 06:16:56 07:45:53 06:17:25 06:12:00

 

WOMEN'S OVERALL MARATHON RESULTS

Rank Name Nat Total Time Average Time
1st Marianna Zaikova FIN 40:22:45 5:46:06

 

WOMEN'S MARATHON RESULTS BY LOCATION 

Name Antarctica S America N America Europe Africa Asia Australia
Marianna Zaikova 05:16:55 05:14:45 05:06:51 05:29:31 06:05:50 06:32:45 06:36:08

 

MEN'S OVERALL HALF-MARATHON RESULTS

Rank Name Nat Total Time Average Time
1st Krishna Chigurupati IND 20:59:38 2:59:57

 

MEN'S HALF-MARATHON RESULTS BY LOCATION

Name Antarctica S America N America Europe Africa Asia Australia
Krishna Chigurupati 03:11:36 02:52:29 02:34:40 03:01:12 03:08:46 02:37:01 03:33:54

 

WOMEN'S OVERALL HALF-MARATHON RESULTS

Rank Name Nat Total Time Average Time
1st Uma Chigurupati IND 21:36:43 3:05:15

 

WOMEN'S HALF-MARATHON RESULTS BY LOCATION

Name Antarctica S America N America Europe Africa Asia Australia
Uma Chigurupati 03:15:39 03:05:26 02:41:01 03:05:05 03:08:46 02:46:52 03:33:54