Marathon man keeps his cool for final leg

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Crossing the freezing finish line of an ice marathon a St Andrews serial fundraiser celebrated not only coming first in the Antarctic race but smashing a 585 day challenge.

Setting himself the phenomenal stunt to run a marathon on every continent - starting with London in April 2014 and finishing with Antarctic last week - Paul Webb attempted to cover the equivalent distance of a 20,000km Pole to Pole journey and raise £20,000.

The distance - equivalent to 476 marathons - was recorded during each training session and all seven marathons on seven continents including a gruelling 160 mile run across the Sahara desert.

Paul, a scientist at energy and chemical company Sasol Technology’s research and development lab at the University of St Andrew has so far raised a staggering £24,330 for Worldwide Cancer Research (WCR).

The team at WCR said: “We can’t wait to welcome Paul back to our offices in St Andrews to congratulate him in person.”

Organisers of the race announced on Tuesday: “A great tussle up front ended with a win for Paul Webb in a time of 3:35.25. Paul just missed the Ice Marathon record of 3:34.47 hrs. Well done!”

The Antarctic Ice Marathon - the southernmost marathon on earth - took place at 80 Degrees South, just a few hundred miles from the South Pole at the foot of the Ellsworth Mountains and is not for the amateur runner.

Tough underfoot conditions comprising snow and ice throughout with an average windchill temperature of -20C, made for a chilly final hurdle.

Paul flew with his fellow competitors from Punta Arenas in Chile and battled the bitter temperatures to complete the final section of his epic challenge. He said: “Antarctica is incredible; an experience I will never forget. I can’t thank you all enough for your continued support.”

The dedicated St Andrews runner completed, amongst other marathons and half marathons, London, Jungfrau in Switzerland, the Great Wall of China, Rio de Janeiro, Auckland, Marathon De Sables and Antarctic to achieve the considerable feat.