Running in Antarctica

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This week at Casey: 9 March 2012

On a calm Thursday afternoon, a group of ten turned out to participate in Casey’s newest sporting club event, the inaugural Antarctic Running Club’s (ARC) five kilometre dash. 

It started with the 2km lap of the ski loop testing each competitor’s skills of running on snow and ice.  On successful completion of the ski loop, competitors then moved from the snow to the gravel surface down the road to the wharf.   

Most had forgotten about the hill we had just ran down until we hit it again on the way back up.

With lungs burning, calf and thigh muscles aching, saliva drooling and cursing ones intelligence on why they had entered the race,  it was time for those with enough energy to make a break for the finish line, which was located on the emergency helo pad outside the red shed. 

Line honours went to scientist Dan Wilkin from head office in Kingston, closely followed by met observer Craig George and then first female Bec McWatters. 

The following Sunday the second fun run took place. This time it was a 10km event starting at up at the Casey Ski way and finishing once again outside the red shed. 

Priscilla (Casey bus) ferried 16 eager participants to the skiway.  Sadly, there were some participants who mistook the departure time and were unable to make the start of the race.  However, the starting Marshall was encouraged by the number of starters who had arrived and deemed the race official for track record purposes. 

There were those who jogged, others skied, and of course the mandatory walkers, who made their way back down the hill to the station. 

With eyes soaking up the views of icebergs glistening in the distance with the soft afternoon light, and lungs filled with the freshest air in the world, it was a reminder of the immense beauty Antarctica provided us to experience in any way possible. 

Bec McWatters took out first place on skis with a new record time of 42 minutes.   Nevertheless everyone felt like a winner from the experience of completing the course, and all vowed they would participate again if and when the opportunity arose. 

These events would not be possible without the support of the Station Leader, the Medical doctors and FTO’s. 

What’s next for the ARC?  Stay tuned for the next big event.

Runners moving to the starting position of the foot race.
Runners moving to the starting position of the foot race
(Photo: Jorg GH Metz)
Three runners break away from the main group.
Three runners break away from the main group
(Photo: Jorg GH Metz)
Leading the pack. Three runners on snowy ice.
Leading the pack
(Photo: Jorg GH Metz)
The ski loop course.
The ski loop course
(Photo: Jorg GH Metz)
Gav the organiser of the ARC.
Gav, the organiser of the ARC
Heading down the gravel road to the wharf
Heading down the gravel road to the wharf
(Photo: Jorg GH Metz)
Main group closing in on the finishing line.
Main group closing in on the finishing line
(Photo: Jorg GH Metz)
The winner.
The winner, Dan
(Photo: Jorg GH Metz)
Second place getter.
Second place getter, Craig
(Photo: Jorg GH Metz)
Third place getter.
Third place getter, Beck
(Photo: Jorg GH Metz)
Priscilla the bus, transported runners to Casey skiway.
Priscilla, the bus, transported runners to Casey skiway
Off and racing - silhouettes of participants surrounded by white
Off and racing
The track, views and station
The track, views and station
Johan in motion
Johan in motion.
Happy joggers.
Happy joggers
Happy walkers
Happy walkers
Beck showing James how to ski
Beck showing James how to ski without falling over
James lamenting his unfortunate fall.
James lamenting his unfortunate fall
Bec - the eventual 10km challenge winner
Beck - the eventual 10km challenge winner
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