Galway man wins 2018 World Marathon Challenge running 7 marathons in 7 days on 7 continents

Galway's Gary Thornton has won the 2018 World Marathon Challenge.

The 37-year-old faced international competition and claimed victory in Miami yesterday.

The World Marathon Challenge sees runners compete in seven marathons in seven days across seven different continents.

Clearly not a race for the faint-hearted.

The seven races took place in Novo, Antartica; Cape Town, Africa; Perth, Australia; Dubai, Asia; Lisbon, Europe; Cartagena, South America and Miami, North America.

The fastest combined marathon times determine the outright winners of the challenge and participants run 295km over the seven-day period.

Thornton, a teacher, was helped on his way to claiming overall victory by finishing first place in each of the seven races - a remarkable feat in itself.

His total time for the seven races was 22 hours, 26 minutes 16 seconds, taking an average time of 3:12:19 per marathon.

Thornton's tiem for each race were:

  • Novo, Antartica: 2:58:39
  • Cape Town, Africa: 3:06:55
  • Perth, Australia: 2:59:55
  • Dubai, Asia: 3:04:29
  • Lisbon, Europe: 3:19:28
  • Cartagena, South America: 3:35:31
  • Miami, North America: 3:21:19

Last year, Cork woman Sinéad Kane completed the same challenge becoming the first visually-impaired runner to complete the seven marathons, over seven days on seven continents.

By Steve Neville

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