The most amazing experience!

9 04 2011

Jon has successfully completed the North Pole Marathon … After all the delays due to cracks on the runway the competitors were eventually flown out to the race site at Barneo ice station on two separate flights on Friday 8th April. The race began 22:00 on April 8th and was run throughout the ‘night’ finishing on Saturday 9th April. As there is 24 hour daylight at the Pole this made it easier on the time clocks of the competitors.

The temperature was -32C and conditions underfoot were very powdery and uneven which became more difficult as the race progressed.

Jon finished the marathon in 8 hours and 34 mins  – a personal best having never run this distance before (or probably again!!!)

A full update together with pix and video will follow on Jon’s return from the Pole to the UK!!!

Many  thanks for all your support…


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Cheques payable to: The Lee Smith Foundation Ltd

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Send to: The Secretary
The Lee Smith Foundation Ltd
First Artist House
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Wembley, Middlesex HA9 8BU

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5 responses

4 08 2011

An amazing achievement. Many, many congratulations.

What sort of footwear did you have to wear in conditions like that?

Heavy snow shoes or some sort of running hybrid?

If the former, they must have weighed a ton.

21 11 2011

Well done it must of been a fantastic achievement and feeling at the very end of the run.

21 11 2011

Thanks for your thought Grace….

It was a fabulous feeling, except that we had a camera crew with us who wanted to interview us…and as we spoke with them , all the sweat turned to ice !!…

But all in all , a lifetime moment !!

Best regards,


Jon Smith
The First Artist Company

Tel: +44 (0)208 900 1818
Fax:  +44 (0)208 903 2964

28 11 2011

Great moment one to cherish in the archives for ever me thinks. I can’t imagine how hard it must have been to train for something of this nature.

28 11 2011

Challenging…but so good when you come home and watch the film !!

Jon Smith
The First Artist Company

Tel: +44 (0)208 900 1818
Fax:  +44 (0)208 903 2964

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