The London Landmarks Half Marathon [LLHM] ballot opens this week and if you are up for a run which takes in some of the capital’s finest sights, has entertainment on every corner, and is a perfect half pre-April marathon then get entering the ballot!

Well I don’t know much about the London marathon, I’ve never run one, but I have watched a fair few of them and running up towards Tower Bridge in the LLHM, knowing I was fit enough to make it up the incline and ready to switch back round and back under the tunnel I felt as if I could run a marathon problem.

Forward one mile -ish coming out of the tunnel, in which they blasted dance music with the DJ just outside, I realised if I wanted to make a PB, doesnt everyone, I’d have to get a wriggle on. The last 2+miles weren’t pretty but I made that PB by about 1minute. So my fastest half marathon is now 2 hrs 5 minutes!

Wind back 8 weeks and I’d been offered a place in the London Landmark Half, only my second half marathon, ever! The first was great, albeit wet and with a chest infection, the Royal Parks Half, so when I was offered the chance to run in London again I grabbed the opportunity.

I called on my old ski friends at Profeet to help me with some shoe advice. I had bought a pair of running shoes locally the previous summer but knew I’d need something waterproof for February and March training and my current Gortex trail shoes I felt would be a bit heavy for running. I was also nervous about another wet run and wanted to get some expert advice. With my old shoes in tow, I headed to Profeet for a ‘run analysis’ and also for advice regarding my trainers.

Running on the tread mill in the Profeet store was a revelation. I ran with my current Brookes run shoe, super comfortable, quite a thick sole and then Anna suggested I try a waterproof ‘On Running’ and see if there would be much difference. With a couple of small tips from Anna’s: lift the legs a bit more, try and stay a bit more upright to ease the pelvic tilt showing on the screen analysis and the On shoe came out clearly the better option for me, plus Anna had found one with a waterproof coating. I didn’t need any persuading to buy this shoe as I knew I needed a light, waterproof option.

Profeet Run Lab

Running in the snow in February was a breeze in this shoe, grippy, waterproof, I actually really enjoyed it. On race day, I was quite nervous and it was actually quite hot so then I was worried that the shoe may get too sweaty but with some much entertainment around the 13 miles, my feet felt great. I should probably have concentrated more on pace and less on high fiving all the charity supporters and boogieing along to the many bands that lined the course. Note to self for next time!

That and a few more weeks to train and maybe next time I’ll get to 2 hrs or less. Time to sign up!

Vanessa Fisher

London Landmarks Half Marathon

The LLHM 2020 Ballot opens Tuesday 18th June at midday and is open for a week, closing on midday Tuesday 25th June (ballot winners notified Thursday 27 June).

LLHM 2019, which is organised by baby charity Tommy’s for the benefit of the whole charity sector, raised over £7.2 million for good causes, making the total sum raised for charity since the inaugural event two years ago £12 million.

London Landmarks Half Marathon showcases some of London’s most iconic and amazing landmarks such as Big Ben, St Paul’s Cathedral, Nelson’s Column, the Gherkin, the Shard, the Tower of London and the London Eye It also unearths and promotes the hidden highlights of the city, with an emphasis on historical and cultural landmarks and facts. The event attracts thousands of spectators who enjoy the live music, dancers, cheer stations and historical figures who line the route.

Enter now at: Entry is priced at £55.00 (ballot is free to enter)


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If you are training for a marathon or half marathon contact the Profeet Run Lab on 020 7736 0046 to book your running shoe fitting.

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The Fisher family was desperate to find a last minute deal. With school holidays due to start, what were the options? 

This year, the Fisher family ski holiday was on hold, while we waited for news on heart surgery for one of our grandparents.

Moreover with older teens on board, and the added issue of restrictions on taking children out of school, our family ski trip was soon restricted to a very narrow peak-holiday window.

So, this year we were going for a last minute holiday deal, very last minute.

NHS waiting lists had eventually given us a date of early February, with a 7-10 day recovery period, suffice to say, the op went well and we had the all clear to leave the grandparents ‘home-alone’.

Thus a hasty last minute ski booking to make.

We had been keeping an eye on availability.

Among the limited choice that was still available and within the family budget we could see a choice of two – a chalet in Grimentz, a Swiss ski resort I had skied before from the Zinal side, or a chalet in Alpe d’Huez with Zenith Holidays.

The prices were comparable, the ski areas vastly different, however it was the flights & transfers that became the deciding factor.

Grenoble flights were still available at an affordable price and with Zenith Holiday bookings, a minibus transfer was a welcome option for a small extra fee.

Via Geneva, the flight would give us just 30 minutes to catch the last ongoing Swiss train – way too stressful with 3 children in tow.

I must have stayed in Alpe d’Huez around 18 years ago and was keen to return.

Zenith still had a chalet in the old part of town available and with the flights booked, transfers confirmed…. our holiday was booked!

We had a mad dash to get the ski kit out of the loft and packed.

There were the usual hiccups in resort, where we realised, that the older teen’s ski pants were way too short and way too tight.

Thankfully, Intersport, where we rented our skis, had some reasonably priced ski pants that we bought (compared to the chic, expensive Sun Valley store opposite with ski pants starting from 275 euros).

It was difficult to know if they’d keep the boy dry if it rained, but with wall-to-wall sunshine forecast, in the end they were perfect.

Alpe d’Huez ticked all the boxes for us.

Each morning we made an effort to get out of the chalet early to avoid the peak time queues, and once on the mountain, it was easy to find the less busy sectors.

On another day we tried out the luge with the fun new VR head kits which we all loved.

Alpine coaster lugeAlpine coaster luge










One day we challenged ourselves to ski from the highest point at 3,330m to each end of the ‘Grand Domaine’.

Our challenge started with the Sarenne.

Black SarenneBlack Sarenne









Well we actually started just below the top as the youngest wasn’t quite up to the steep black section off the Pic Blanc cable car, but from the top of lift Marmottes 3 there is an easier blue which evolves in to the long winding black run.

Pic Blanc cable carPic Blanc cable car










Spectacular views of the Grandest Rousse mountains accompany you down the 16km run ending in the Sarenne Gorge.

Then from Auris with clear views over to Les 2 Alpes, we zigzagged our way over to Vaujany and the furthest Montfrais chair and all the way back via Oz and on to the Signal sector.

Down to Villard Reculas then back up and down to the gorgeous old bubble lift at 1450m which brings you up from the original old village at Huez, almost straight to our chalet.

Old bubbles from HuezOld bubbles from Huez









We even managed to go night skiing to really extend the ski day!

Alpe d'Huez glowing from signal night skiAlpe d’Huez glowing from signal night ski










That posed a little problem, but then, Zenith Holidays literally came to our rescue.

As we went back out to catch the bucket lift up to night skiing on Signal, we discovered it had just closed – and there was no sign of the nightbus.

All week the Zenith rep, Maddie, had been saying, “if you need me, just call me”.

So we did… and she came to scoop us up.


It was an easy ski back to the chalet – we were so grateful for her minibus ride and not having to walk the 20 minutes up to the nightski area.

During our stay, Alpe d’Huez hosted Tomorrowland, a huge new Alps festival and the stages and marquees were going up around the village.

Tomorrowland stage under constructionTomorrowland stage under construction










In Alpe d’Huez some of the lifts have been upgraded.

Many older wires and 130 redundant pylons have been removed.

The mid week ESF show was spectacular and probably one of the best I have seen.

When, and if the link to Les 2 Alpes goes ahead the ski area will rival the best in the Alps.

Vanessa in Alpe d'HuezVanessa in Alpe d’Huez












Chalet Maya - Zenith HolidaysChalet Maya – Zenith Holidays












Alpe d’Huez

Zenith Holidays:

Zenith Holidays offers a week in Alpe d’Huez in Chalet Maya from £503pp chalet board.

Alpe d'Huez

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The Best Family Ski Resorts

The Best Family Ski Resorts

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Resort Name: St Martin de Belleville

Location: In the French Alps, above Moutiers

Adult Lift Pass Costs (5 days): 235 euro (St Martin/Les Menuires ski area)

Child Lift Pass Costs (5 Days): 188 euro

Nearest Airport: Chambery

Transfer Times: Chambery 1hr 20 Geneva 2hrs 30, Lyon 2 hrs 30

What makes it so great for Families: St Martin is a small traditional village which links up to the huge 3 Valleys ski area. This quiet corner of the vast ski area is perfect for families who want to stay away from busy slopes and the louder busier villages. Lovely chalets, plenty of apartments and easy to use ski lifts in the centre of the village.

Why you need to visit: Pretty, old French farming village which offers dog sledge rides

Ski Schools: ESF, New Generation

Ski Hire: Intersport

Resort Name: Arc 1950

Location: In the French Alps, in the Tarentaise Valley, above Bourg St Maurice

Adult Lift Pass Costs (5 days): 247 euros Les Arcs area

Child Lift Pass Costs (5 Days): 198 euros

Nearest Airport: Geneva or Lyon

Transfer Times:  Geneva 2hrs 40, Lyon 2 hrs 35

What makes it so great for Families: This cocoon of a village sits at 1950m as its name suggests and all the properties are ski in-ski out. The newest village in the French Alps, it makes for a wonderful family base. There is also a special programme of activities for children – a crèche for babies & the Cariboo Club for the slightly older kids. All the buildings have access to a pool and hot tub so it’s not just about the skiing and there is a great spa in the resort too.

Why you need to visit: Safe, pretty and a unique village atmosphere

Ski Schools: Spirit 1950

Ski Hire: Precision Ski



Resort Name: La Clusaz

Location: In the Aravis mountains, France, just 30 minutes from Lake Annecy so ideal for a lakes and mountains stay or a short break.

Adult Lift Pass Costs (5 days): 175 euro

Child Lift Pass Costs (5 Days): 123.50 euro

Nearest Airport: Geneva

Transfer Times: 1 hr Geneva, 1.30 Lyon

What makes it so great for Families: This resort has the French ‘Famille Plus’ label and is a great choice for families being just a short transfer from the airports. The village is authentic France with plenty to do off the slopes as well as on. Aquacentre, bowling alley, horse and cart rides, ice drive, ice rink and more. So pretty and unspoilt. Plenty of accommodation options from self-catering apartments to luxury catered chalets and new hotels, e.g the brand new 4* Le St Alban Hotel and Spa.

Why you need to visit: Home of Reblechon cheese, easy to access ski slopes for all abilities.

Ski Schools: ESF/ESI

Ski Hire: Intersport

Resort Name: St Lary (short for Saint Lary Soulan)

Location: French Pyrenees

Adult Lift Pass Costs (5 days): 156 euro

Child Lift Pass Costs (5 Days 5-11 yrs): 136 euro

Nearest Airport: Toulouse 1 hr 45 and Tarbes-Lourdes 1 hr 5 min

What makes it so great for Families: Off the beaten track this is a great destination for families in the French Pyrenees. One bubble lift takes you from the village in the valley to the beginner area at Pla d’Adet. Stay in the town for a great relaxed vibe with Spanish and French influences as so close to the Spanish border.

Why you need to visit: Get away from the crowds and try something different, as well as having Famille Plus status and a thermal spa Sensoria which children love with its jets and caves.

Ski Schools: ESF

Ski Hire: Intersport


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Property of the Week: Villa Mas Peyloubet

Property of the Week: Villa Mas Peyloubet

Mas Peyloubet is an incredibly special, large property for sale in the Grasse region of France, with the Main House, which dates back to the eighteenth century, offering spectacular panoramic sea views.

The Main House has five ensuite bedrooms, a large and wonderful kitchen, sitting room, TV room and in addition, the Olive Grove Apartment having a further two bedrooms and a bathroom.

The extensive garden within 1.4 hectares of grounds, consists of a large salt water pool, outdoor summer kitchen, terrain de boules, table tennis and a flat lawn where you can play a friendly game of croquet and enjoy the sun.

Erna Low Property is selling this property for €4.8m – either as a successful guest house business or a private residence.

James Ross, Sales Director at Erna Low Property comments, “Mas Peyloubet has it in abundance, when pondering what the ultimate south of France hideaway would consist of. Not only are the views to the Mediterranean and over to Grasse spectacular, but the house with its warm living areas and ‘jump into bed and sleep forever’ bedrooms, is a haven from the outside world. The olive grove and salt water swimming pool are the icing on the cake on what can only be described as paradise on earth. We are excited to have this property for sale, it really is a dream property to own.”

Mas Peyloubet is perfectly located to take advantage of the best of the South of France:
Nice International Airport and Cannes are 30 minutes away and the closest village is Valbonne, 10 minutes away and Grasse or Mougin are both just 15 minutes away.

Further details:

Both the living room and dining room open onto the outside sitting area, shaded under arches from the hot sun with Indonesian and Moroccan furniture. The area looks out onto a lawn; steps lead off the lawn up to the swimming pool, situated on a higher level. To the left of the entrance hall is a television room and study.

The grounds are set on 1.4 hectares with sea views and are made up of terraces with old dry stone walls, lavender, roses and over 250 ancient olive trees that are harvested at the end of the year and pressed at a local mill into the most wonderful virgin cold pressed olive oil – there are also fig and orange trees where the current owner makes their own jam, chutney and marmalade.

The Belleview Apartment:
A separate outhouse for a caretaker, or additional rooms consisting of living room, kitchen, double bedroom and bathroom with its own driveway and parking. It is possible to create a gym or an office in this very usable space.

0207 590 1624


For Further information or images please contact 07957 618525


Erna Low Property was established to offer customers the opportunity to purchase properties in some of the world’s most beautiful and desirable locations. Whether looking for snow or sun, Erna Low Property helps buyers to choose the perfect property for holidays, retirement or investment.

With over 80 years’ experience, Erna Low Property has a strong knowledge of the French property market at large, with a particular expertise in the French Alps. Erna Low Property specialises in leaseback properties, as well as classic freehold and bare ownership purchases.

Erna Low Property now holds a sizeable portfolio of properties from the French Alps, across Europe and beyond. With their background as a specialist, niche tour operator, Erna Low has been hugely successful in introducing many clients to both property sales and holiday rentals.



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