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Antarctic marathon competitor wants to run in every continent

PUBLISHED: 11:24 03 April 2018 | UPDATED: 09:17 04 April 2018

Hannah Cadby in Antarctica. PICTURE: Hannah Cadby.

Hannah Cadby in Antarctica. PICTURE: Hannah Cadby.

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A Lowestoft woman has completed a marathon at one of earth’s most remote locations.

Hannah Cadby in Antarctica. PICTURE: Hannah Cadby.Hannah Cadby in Antarctica. PICTURE: Hannah Cadby.

Hannah Cadby, 40, ran 26 miles on King George Island off the coast of Antarctica, in five hours and 57 minutes.

Ms Cadby, whose family live in Lowestoft, grew up on Victoria Road in Oulton Broad, and has set herself the task of completing a marathon on every continent.

Antarctica is her second, having already completed a run in New Zealand last year.

Ms Cadby, who now lives in California, said: “Back in 2008 I met a seven continents runner, and I thought, that sounds like a great idea, I’d like to have a go.”

However it was not until several years and a job change later that she signed up to go to Antarctica in 2016.

In order to reach the run last month, Ms Cadby travelled via Buenos Aires to Ushuaia, Argentina, the southern-most city in the world.

She then took a boat to King George Island, on the northern tip of Antarctica through the Beagle Channel across the Drake Passage.

Ms Cadby said: “The Drake Passage is well known for being either very calm (the Drake Lake) or very stormy (the Drake Shake). On the way out it was the lake, and on the way back it was the shake.”

The island course was constructed around gravel roads connecting scientific research bases.

Because the island’s environment is relatively untouched by human development, the number of runners allowed on was restricted to 100.

The unconventional run had to be brought back by two hours due to cyclone warnings, and attracted the interest of the local wildlife, including seals and penguins.

Ms Cadby said: “The snow got packed down and icy on the hills, and I did actually slip and fall over at one point.

“It was definitely a once in a lifetime trip. The running community is just incredible, and that’s all over the world.

“The last time I came back to Lowestoft I did a Park Run on the promenade with my brother-in-law, and the running community there were incredible too.

“The goal now is to do one or two marathons a year, so I’ve got a way to go before I can call myself a seven continents runner.”

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