Irish girl makes N Pole record as guards protect Pole marathoners

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Ireland’s eight-year-old Jaimie Donovan this week became the youngest person to stand at the North Pole, reports the Irish Times, in a visit to her father, endurance runner Richard Donovan, whose own claim to recent fame is to have run seven marathons on seven continents in five days. Jaimie was visiting her father, who organizes a polar marathon, which kicked off last Friday. “This year’s course — a 4.22km circuit carved on the ice with athletes running 10 circuits — had to be patrolled by armed personnel as two polar bears had been spotted in the area,” according to the Irish newspaper.