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Clare man wins gruelling Antarctic Ice Marathon

whyteEnnis athlete, Keith Whyte has won the 100km ice-marathon in a time of nine hours, twenty six minutes and two seconds.

The gruelling expedition took place on Union Glacier in the Antarctic which is one of the remotest parts of the continent. In second place to Whyte, was fellow Irishman Kevin McGeeney.

While this is a fantastic achievement for Whyte, he has certainly been very successful in the athletic scene during his career. In 2012 Keith won the British and Irish Championships, along with ultra-marathons in Dingle and Longford and as a result of his victories he was ranked European number one for fifty miles and number two in the world.

2013 continued to be a groundbreaking year for the Ennisman. He set the new Irish record for 100km when running the distance in Belgium in a time of seven hours and three minutes. However 2014 was disrupted by illness and injury preventing Whyte from maximising his potential, but this win certainly shows that Keith Whyte is back on the right track.

Speaking after his remarkable win, Keith Whyte commented “It was an amazing once in a lifetime experience. The scenery is out of this world. I am delighted to start the new year in this way, winning the 100k on the Antarctic continent”.

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About Mark Dunphy

Founder and Editor of The Clare Herald, Mark Dunphy is a native of Connolly in County Clare. Mark also operates Dunphy PR.

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