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North pole marathon: Nigeria’s atheletics family hails Tee Morgan’s feat

Posted: Apr 13, 2015 at 8:35 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)
Tee Morgan
By Uzor Odigbo, Lagos
Nigerians have congratulated Tee Morgan for successfully participating and completing one of the world’s most grueling sporting challenges, the North Pole Marathon race at the weekend.
The Nigerian, who proudly waved her flag at the end of the race was among the 45 competitors who entered the event on April 9, with participants from different countries and races.
The race is run on small, 2.62-mile loop about 10 times over hard snow or the frozen ice of the Arctic Ocean. Snipers were placed around the running circuit to protect the athletes from polar bears or other dangerous animals.
First to comment was the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) technical committee member, Yusuf Alli, who described her achievement at the North Pole as humbling. “Though, I don’t know her in person, but having heard of this feat and being the first Nigerian, I doff my hat for her and I hope the federation and all Nigerians will acknowledge this effort for a handsome reward.”
Former top female hurdler, Maria Usifo, said she read Morgan’s feat on the social media and was elated that a Nigerian women has once more done the country proud. “This is the kind of feat that Nigeria should encourage. Other countries would jump at it with celebrations, but of course, here, we are going to wait until her adopted country (Britain) begins to remind us.”
The Nigerian woman, Tuedon Morgan, a.k.a Tee Morgan, participated in the UVU North Pole Marathon at the weekend, she not only took part, she actually finished, proudly waving the Nigerian flag in those sub-zero temperatures.
After finishing the grueling race, she said, “As today, I raised the Nigerian flag to become the first Nigerian woman to ever step foot on the North Pole and run a marathon. Words will fail me to describe how I feel. I really thought I wasn’t going to make it because I had a soft snow on my knee, but I fought to the end.”
Other athletes too numerous to be mentioned also ecstatic over Morgan’s heart thumping achievement, their reactions in the social media were apt and gladdening.
She was among 44 athletes who endured 12 laps of a debilitating 3.5km course of ice and snow around the Russian-operated camp Barneo in -41C temperatures on Sunday.
Morgan parents are from Warri Delta-State Nigeria, the 41 years old and will be 42 in a few weeks and have been married for 21 years, with four sons.
The Nigerian born British runner started running October 2011, and did a half marathon December 2011 but a full marathon in January 2012. It was interesting how she built up her endurance very quickly.
She joined the Doha Bay Running Club and entered the world of long distance running. In three short years, she ran 32 full marathons to date. This would be her fourth 4th year of marathon competition.