Irishman runs marathons at North and South Poles

A 35-year-old Irishman has become the first person in history to run a marathon at both the North and South Poles.

A 35-year-old Irishman has become the first person in history to run a marathon at both the North and South Poles.

Yesterday, Richard Donovan ran 26.2 miles at the North Pole in three hours and 48 minutes, despite a 60 degree wind chill and 60kmph winds.

Ten weeks ago, he also won the inaugural South Pole Marathon, finishing 1.5 miles ahead of his nearest competitor.

Donovan now plans to run seven extreme ultra-marathons on seven continents before the end of this year in aid of starving children in Calcutta and an animal sanctuary in the west of Ireland.

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