Ashburton farmer completes icy ultra marathon video

Greg Roadley gives a thumbs up near the finish line of the chilly ultra marathon.
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Greg Roadley gives a thumbs up near the finish line of the chilly ultra marathon.

Ashburton farmer Greg Roadley raised his arms and shouted "you little beauty" at the finish line of an eight-day, 580-kilometre ultra marathon across the frozen northern fringe of Canada.

The Kiwi ultra marathon runner and farmer came third in the gruelling race, with only seven of the 18 original competitors making it to the finish line without retiring.

Interviewed at the end of the race, Roadley said it had been a tough challenge.

"I am really rapt. I emptied the tank coming in and I'm just chuffed to get it done.

"It's been a bit of a beast."

The race is "regarded by many as one of the toughest, coldest, windiest ultra distance footraces on the planet", according to the event's website.

Father-in-law Alastair Munro said Roadley had a unique training technique.

"I am terribly proud of him," he said.

"He has been running around the neighbourhood dragging a tyre behind him for months."

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The race started in Eagle Plains in the Yukon and ended in Tuktoyaktuk on the northern shore of the Northwest Territories

 - Stuff

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