8 Dec 2011

NZ father and son complete Antarctic marathon

9:16 pm on 8 December 2011

A father and son have returned home after taking part in the Antarctic Ice Marathon, the first New Zealanders to do so.

More than 40 competitors from 15 countries ran in the southern-most marathon in the world which coincided with the centenary year of man reaching the South Pole.

Tom Cashen, 60, and 16-year-old Jeremy, the event's youngest competitor, were part of a group of 23 in the men's marathon.

The pair completed the 42km trek in about seven-and-a-half hours on 1 December.

Mr Cashen says it was hard work, as he had rolled his foot the previous day during practice, but worth it for the memories with his son.

Mr Cashen came in 19th place, while Jeremy was 18th.