Marathon runner Tuedon Morgan becomes the first Nigerian to reach the North Pole

Tuedon Morgan: The first Nigerian to reach the North Pole

The first Nigerian to do the North Pole Marathon tells the BBC how proud she felt to plant her country’s flag in the snow at the end of the race.

Tuedon Morgan, 42, said Antarctica, where she has been on two previous trips, was a playground compared to her experience at the North Pole last week:

The North Pole was extremely difficult for me: It was so cold, with temperatures of -41 C, and I noticed that my body was losing a lot of energy – it was like the magnetic field was sucking all my energy out.

The last 4km (2.5 miles) were the hardest for me – I started to see buildings where I knew that there was nothing there.

I didn’t have any training for this – I didn’t have any snow to train on.

In Qatar, where I live, it’s the extreme opposite: I wear T-shirts and shorts to run; in the North Pole you have to wear all these different layers.

Read more: Nigerian marathon runner achieves North Pole dream – BBC News.