Demelza Farr of Australia won the women’s section of the North Pole marathon on Saturday April 7th 2012.

Exhausted as she was by the race in -15 Fahrenheit temperatures, she was briefly speechless when her partner and fellow Australian James Alderson knelt down on the ice to propose marriage to her.

Farr accepted and they embraced.

The happy couple were among forty athletes who ran the full marathon distance of 42.195 kms (26 miles 385 yards) with some of them taking ten hours to do so. Alderson finished eighth in the men’s category.