New record holder Keith Whyte from Ennis, Co Clare , Wins The Antarctic Ice Marathon on Union Glacier, Antarctica at an astonishing 9 hours 26 minutes .This is 2 hours faster than the previous record holder !
Keith own word ” I don’t know how you can prepare for something like this,” he admits, “because it will be minus 30, minus 34 degrees. It will be running on snow and then wearing so many layers, when I’d be just used to wearing shorts and a singlet ” .
Then when you start running, it gets addictive and you just carry on from there. I just came on from year to year. It’s gone on from one thing to another, from running my first marathon to running in European and World Championships, to having high rankings in the ultra distances,” he adds.That addiction has brought Whyte some great highs like winning the 100k British and Irish Championships in 2012, the same year that won ultra-marathons in Dingle and Longford and saw him ranked European number one for 50 miles and number two in the world.”
In 2013 he set a new Irish 100k record in Belgium when covering the distance in 7:03, only for his 2014 campaign to be mired by injury and ultimately illness that affected his performance at the World Championships in Doha in November.
Why not run with Keith Whyte on July 25th in Courtmacsherry, West Cork at The Keith Whyte Waterfront Ultra Marathon III when he is aiming to break his record ?