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Falklands’ marathon: Brits’ win in men’s and Argentine ladies unbeatable

Tuesday, March 20th 2012 - 14:54 UTC
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Gradients, wind and the threat of bad weather make the Falklands Islands, the world’s most southerly certified marathon also one of the toughest courses runners are ever likely to tackle. This year’s edition attracted the highest number of entries ever for the event, 64 with a significant participation from Argentina. Read full article

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  • Idlehands

    Marathon running. Best enjoyed from the comfort of your sofa in front of the telly.

    Mar 20th, 2012 - 03:15 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • toooldtodieyoung

    1 Idlehands - I hear you

    I did a 2.6 mile “fun run” once..... at what point was it supposed to be fun? and to add insult to injury I got beaten by my daughter........oh yeah.... happy days!!

    Mar 20th, 2012 - 03:21 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • The Cestrian

    Not running related but an interesting RG related story from the UK. More good press for them:

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/law/2012/mar/20/pregnant-briton-lucy-wright-wins-extradition-appeal?newsfeed=true

    Mar 20th, 2012 - 03:23 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • GreekYoghurt

    This is an example of being invited to the islands, rather than inviting yourself like a certain political rugby team seem to do. Seeing is believing also seems like an honorable cause, rather than 'Argentina United' where said Rugby team turn up and pretend you're a part of Argentina.

    Well done islanders, i hope your marathon becomes part of the world circuit and brings in lots of funds for your charity.

    Mar 20th, 2012 - 03:28 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • McClick

    Come and see the Mercopress forums' lady maratoners here.

    Mar 20th, 2012 - 03:31 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • The Falklands are British

    Running a marathon is not something the human body should have to go through but I take my hat off to those who do it.

    If my memory serves me correctly this must be the first year without seeing Hugh Marsden in the placings. Good effort over the years Hugh.

    Mar 20th, 2012 - 04:15 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Steve-32-uk

    Britain should protect Falkland Islands 'at all costs', say 61% of voters

    www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2012/mar/20/falkland-islands-guardian-icm-poll?newsfeed=true

    Mar 20th, 2012 - 04:48 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Think

    TWIMC

    I hope the Argentinean girls firm petit derrières didn’t mortally offend too many Island’s ladies big “sensibilities”……….

    Chuckle chuckle®

    Mar 20th, 2012 - 05:01 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • dreyfuss

    3 The Cestrian (#)
    lucky for that chav she hadnt been caught in the USA as she would be on a plane right now and in a US jail where she really would know what inhuman conditions are.

    7 Steve-32-uk (#)
    Yes I agree and the phrase 'at all costs' might be quite accurate if this issue evolves as I expect it to.

    Mar 20th, 2012 - 05:02 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • The Falklands are British

    7 Steve

    So a properly conducted poll gives rather different results.

    The article says that the Argentinian complaints have made no difference but I disagree. I think they have definitely helped our cause somewhat. Also, who can measure how useful the complete coincidence of having our very fine prince down there must have made.

    I wonder how many Argentines got called for their views.

    Oh, and on the marathon. I heard that a couple of lads certainly got to know one of the Argie runners quite well. Turns out she didn't run so well on the day though.

    Chuckle chuckle

    Mar 20th, 2012 - 05:25 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Monty69

    8 Think

    I can honestly say that looking at women's bottoms has never figured very highly on my list of priorities.
    However, I'm fairly confident that there would have been some pretty choice male behinds on view, and I'm not talking about scrawny Argentine ones either. Sadly, I spent my weekend in the realm of boiler suits and wellies.

    Mar 20th, 2012 - 05:32 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Think

    (10) says:
    So a properly conducted poll gives rather different results.

    I say: Yupppp, like this one...:

    ”Only among the very youngest voters, aged 18 to 24, there is a strikingly different picture. ….49% support negotiations with a view to handover, as opposed to just 39% who take the contrary view”.

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2012/mar/20/falkland-islands-guardian-icm-poll?newsfeed=true

    Chuckle chuckle®

    Mar 20th, 2012 - 05:37 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • The Falklands are British

    11 Monty
    LOL!

    Mar 20th, 2012 - 05:41 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Think

    Sure, Monty96………. Suuure….

    Women NEVER compare their derrières against the competition….

    But, don’t worry lass….. yours surely looks perfect in that boiler suit…..

    Were those wellies pink by any chance?

    Mar 20th, 2012 - 05:49 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Idlehands

    18-24 year olds probably know nothing about the place - they aren't indoctrinated about the islands from birth.

    They'd change their view if Argentina took military action against Brits - as happened in 1982 when we all puzzled over Argentina invading Scotland.

    If Argentina doesn't take military action then their views won't matter as the UK government will not cede soverignty without the islanders consent.

    Mar 20th, 2012 - 06:05 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Englander

    12 Stinka says: Yupppp, like this one...:

    ”Only among the very youngest voters, aged 18 to 24, there is a strikingly different picture. ….49% support negotiations with a view to handover, as opposed to just 39% who take the contrary view”.

    So only another 30 years to wait before Argentina gets its filthy mits on the Falkland Islands......always providing of course that 49% of the younger Brits don't change their views.

    Bit of a long shot if you don't mind me saying.

    Mar 20th, 2012 - 06:11 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Marcos Alejandro

    I just look Claudia's trophy in the picture above, could it be any smaller? any Scotsmen on the island was in charge of the purchase of such a trophy?

    Mar 20th, 2012 - 07:08 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Englander

    She didn't do it for the trophy Marcos, its the taking part that counts.

    Mar 20th, 2012 - 07:14 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • stick up your junta

    I bet the argie soldiers whould of pissed them timings with the Brits after them in 82

    Mar 20th, 2012 - 07:22 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • so_far

    #17 LOL, the trophy came with a magnifying glass...

    :)

    che, me parece o claudia esta buena ?

    Mar 20th, 2012 - 08:12 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • estg

    Awesome !!!!! congrats to everyone, much specially for the lady who won !
    See? this is what we need down there: more fun and events like this, and less BS from Cristina & pals. I see no reason at all why we can´t be good neighbours.

    Mar 20th, 2012 - 09:10 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • so_far

    Mercopre$$

    Errare humanum est.......

    The lady in the pic is not Claudia Camargo, her real name is Carolina Rossi and was 2d in the race.

    Marcos, the trophy of the winner (Carolina Camargo) is a bit bigger

    :)

    http://deportesvillaadela.blogspot.com.ar/2012/03/el-maraton-de-malvinas-fue-la.html

    Mar 20th, 2012 - 09:52 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Anti-Fascist

    Go Swasie Turner MBE :)

    “Since the traumatic loss of both his police career and his right leg due to an act of violence in the line of duty, which has left him confined to a wheelchair, Swasie then suffered the loss of his beloved wife and to cancer. Since then Swasie has carried out many feats of endurance in his standard issue NHS wheelchair to raise funds to fight cancer.”

    If only there were more Swasie Turner's in this world.

    If only Argentina had some decent people in their government.

    Mar 20th, 2012 - 09:58 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • briton

    the falklands were on TV tonight, nice viewing.

    Mar 20th, 2012 - 10:09 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • rebeldenacion

    This is how Cristina Kirchner of Argentina and her cronies get votes:
    www.youtube.com/watch?v=UyPC0SD0PGw

    Mar 20th, 2012 - 11:23 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Monty69

    This is nice, and nothing to do with this topic, except there is a lady in a boiler suit.

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/audioslideshow/2012/mar/20/falklands-audio-slideshow?fb=native

    Mar 21st, 2012 - 12:45 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Marcos Alejandro

    22 so_far Jajajaja Merco did it again.

    26 Monty69 @1:00 is that you?

    Mar 21st, 2012 - 01:34 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Frank

    I'm surprised the Argentine men didn't win... the sound of the starter's gun would have got them moving rather sharpish....

    Mar 21st, 2012 - 04:48 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Think

    (26) Monty 96

    Nice boiler suit.
    Pity that that wide-angle lens adds a couple of undeserved Stanley stones to that fine Aryan nosed lady…..

    Mar 21st, 2012 - 04:58 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Marcos Alejandro

    :-)))))

    Mar 21st, 2012 - 05:08 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Monty69

    Sorry, two ladies in boiler suits, neither of which is me.

    I see the willingness of otherwise presentable women to wear massively unflattering garments in the interests of warmth and comfort as a metaphor for our enduring presence here.
    No doubt Argentine women would be freezing their skinny arses off at the races in heels and short skirts. But then they aren't here, are they.

    Mar 21st, 2012 - 11:32 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Marcos Alejandro

    31 Monty69 “But then they aren't here, are they”

    Didn't those Argentines ladies with “skinny arses” beat those ladies with “massively unflattering garments” on their own turf?

    Mar 21st, 2012 - 02:15 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • chilly2010

    Great... an event in the Falklands where Argentinians were invited, showing that the people from the Falklands and Argentinians can get along.

    (note that I did not use the words “kelpers” and “argies”; too bad that some people have to put aggressive comments anyway)

    I really like what Claudia said: “I’m so happy for coming here to the Islands. I really appreciate people inviting us and giving us the opportunity to run. Only for the wind, the rest is wonderful: The organization is very good and the people very, very helpful to us, with the drinks and cheering us all the time…”

    Mar 21st, 2012 - 02:28 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Monty69

    32 Marcos Alejandro

    Not on my turf pal.
    And however aggreeable they were, they're out of here on Lan come Saturday.
    I'll be very happy to see them back here for a peat cutting and dog's- meat- killing competition any time they feel like it.
    They could even take on the West Ladies truck- pulling team. ;-)

    Mar 21st, 2012 - 03:09 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Anti-Fascist

    Amnesty - Argentina's 10% Amerindian population subject to racist violence, discrimination and imprisonment in THEIR OWN LAND - http://laht.com/article.asp?articleid=355829&categoryid=14093

    Mar 22nd, 2012 - 02:11 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Filippo

    this is my cousin Adolfo in London making fun of your stupido english army

    www.youtube.com/watch?v=xDPK1kPWj1E

    pirates go home to england

    Las Malvinas son Argentina

    Mar 23rd, 2012 - 03:24 pm - Link - Report abuse 0

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