RUN THE WORLD, ANTARCTICA, LEG 1

Dr. Andrew Murray running in the Antarctic, Union Glacier.  Nov. 2012.

Dr. Andrew Murray running in the Antarctic, Union Glacier. Nov. 2012.

RunTheWorld, Antarctica, start time: Friday, 23 November 2012, 14:06 GMT.

7 ultra marathons on 7 continents in 7 days was always going to be a tough ask logistically and athletically.

Actually getting to Antarctica is an absolute highlight of my life. Incredible both in terms of its beauty but also the hostility of the environment. The camp itself is wonderfully comfortable in relative terms although the tennis still pretty chilly at night.

I’d loved running in the Ice Marathon just over 24 hours before but much time spent running hard in massive conditions flat out is taxing physically and mentally. Being stiff and slightly fatigued at the start of 7 ultras on 7 continents in a week would not be ideal but it was my choice.

Run The World, Antarctica, leg 1

Run The World, Antarctica, leg 1

I’d timed the run to allow me 7 hours to run the 50km. I actually ran 5 hrs 22 mins 56 secs for 32 miles or a little over 51km. Clearly this isn’t going to break any personal bests but it was both a pleasure and an ordeal in conditions that were similar conditions wise to runs at the North Pole and far North Canada, with a bit of a wind and snowy underfoot conditions.

Directly from finishing, I jumped pretty much straight onto the ice jet bound for Punta Arenas, South America. I’ll collect all my bags and run in Santiago after a connecting flight early on the 24th.

Run The World Challenge - At the start

Run The World Challenge – At the start

Tired, but relieved that the Antarctic leg and Ice Marathon went so well, thanks a million to race organiser Richard Donovan and the rest of the guys.