Runners brave extreme conditions in the Antarctic Ice Marathon

Set amongst stunning arctic scenery, the inspiring view added to the grandeur of this unique event which is acknowledged as one of the most extreme races on the planet.

The 57 competitors from 15 different nations had to navigate tougher conditions than in previous years. Visibility was poor as snow fell for much of the race, but the temperatures were relatively mild with an absence of wind which produced overall good running conditions at the start.

However throughout the race as more falling snow accumulated the going got tougher; underfoot conditions became very soft which drained stamina.