Thornton and Flammersfeld win 2014 Volcano Marathon
Ireland's Garry Thornton and Germany's Anne-Marie Flammersfeld have won the 2014 UVU Volcano Marathon, which was held in the Atacama Desert, Chile on 11th November.
The Volcano Marathon is among the highest and toughest marathons on the planet with athletes this year enduring strong headwinds at the start, an altitude of 4,500 metres, temperatures soaring towards 100F at the finish, and a very hilly woute with a lot of sand conditions in between. Several competitors required oxygen on finishing the event and there was one withdrawal due to dehydration.
However, Thornton and Flammersfeld, both winners of the North Pole Marathon (the world's coolest marathon), showed their versatility to win the standard 42.2 km marathon distance in times of 4:10.13 hrs and 4:37.58 hrs, respectively. Thornton's time was almost two hours slower than his regular road marathon time, perhaps demonstarting the severeness of the race.
Enzo Ferrari (CHL) was second in the men's event ahead of Christoph Zitzmann (GER) with Carla Lopez (CHL) and Audrey McIntosh (GBR) taking second and third places in the women's division.
The Volcano Marathon is a member of the Association of International Marathons and Distance Races and Japan's Masao Maki became a member of the 7 Continents Marathon Club by completing the race. He had previously run marathons on the other six continents, including the Antarctic Ice Marathon,
Registration is now open for the 2015 Volcano Marathon and limited to 40 places. See www.volcanomarathon.com for details. Full results of the 2014 UVU Volcano Marathon are posted below.
|1||Gary Thornton (IRL)||4.10.13||Bib No. 23|
|2||Enzo Ferrari (CHL)||4.36.53||Bib No. 3|
|3||Christoph Zitzmann (GER)||5.54.14||Bib No. 25|
|4||Frank Fuessl (GER)||5.59.58||Bib No. 5|
|5||Ian Egan (IRL)||6.06.15||Bib No. 2|
|6||Jorg Lindemann (GER)||6.37.05||Bib No. 9|
|7||Cristian Garcia Huidobro (CHL)||6.55.59||Bib No. 7|
|8||Kenneth Krys (CAN)||7.01.07||Bib No. 8|
|9||Havard Bo (NOR)||7.02.59||Bib No. 1|
|10||Jon O'Shea (GBR)||7.04.51||Bib No. 18|
|11||Masao Maki (JPN)||7.09.57||Bib No. 11|
|12||Graham Gillespie (AUS)||7.16.09||Bib No. 6|
|13||Rudi Speer (GER)||7.23.12||Bib No. 22|
|14||Nenson Supulvada (CHL)||7.57.50||Bib No. 16|
|14||Harold Won Ponce (CHL)||7.57.50||Bib No. 19|
|16||Yusuke Mamada (JPN)||8.21.08||Bib No. 12|
|17||Simon Wrenn (GBR)||8..29.53||Bib No. 24|
|1||Anne-Marie Flammersfeld (GER)||4.37.58||Bib No. 4|
|2||Carla Albornoz Lopez (CHL)||5.24.40||Bib No. 10|
|3||Audrey McIntosh (GBR)||7.16.29||Bib No. 13|
|4||Judy Scrine (GBR)||8.18.32||Bib No. 21