02.05.16

“DIFFICULTIES ARE JUST THINGS TO OVERCOME, AFTER ALL” ERNEST SHACKLETON

UVU catches up with 2015 Antarctic Ice Marathon competitor, Gareth Evans - who completed this epic feat of human endurance in 05:18:12 – to understand why running in one of the inhospitable places on Earth is such a draw and what it takes to overcome the challenge it presented.

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PANTHER STORIES

“Difficulties are just things to overcome, after all” Ernest Shackleton

Antarctica is the coldest, windiest and least populated of the world’s continents. It has a unique landscape, distinctive ecosystems and is one of the world’s last true wildernesses. Not the first place you’d think of heading to if you wanted to compete in a marathon? 


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Anne-Marie Flammersfeld: Onwards & Upwards

There are few plaudits that can be used to describe the incredible performances of ultra-runner Anne-Marie Flammersfeld that haven't been lavished on her already. But it’s hard not to try.


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“A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles.” Christopher Reeve

Traditionally, in mythology and folklore whenever you hear the word ‘hero’ it generally referred to an archetype of superhuman qualities (and often semi-divine origin), whose exploits and dealings with the gods were the subject of ancient Greek myths and legends. Meanwhile, in today’s culture, ‘hero’ has taken on a slightly different meaning. More often than not, you’ll hear it in the same context as the word ‘super’ – and images of ridiculously good-looking, be-caped, brave individuals who are almost perfect, always putting others first and who can do no wrong, spring to mind. And these superheroes always save the day, regardless of what life throws at them.

 


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