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Antarctic Ice Marathon completes another year of competition

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Britain's Paul Webb and Silvana Camelio of Chile secured wins at this year's Antarctic Ice Marathon.

More than 50 competitors from 19 countries took part in the chilling sub-zero event -- known as one of the most extreme races in the world.

With race temperature averaging minus four degrees Fahrenheit, runners were dressed for the harsh conditions of snow, ice and the possibility of strong winds. 

The 26-point-two mile marathon, which was delayed for 24 hours owing to bad weather, started in sunshine but conditions became difficult. The course comprised two laps around the union glacier exploration camp. 

There were several re-hydration stops on route with hot drinks, snacks as well as comfort stations. British research scientist Paul Webb won the men's race in three hours, 35 minutes and 25 seconds.

Chile's Silvana Camelio established a commanding lead in the women's race and crossed the line first with a time of four hours, 40 minutes and one second. 

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