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 ..no 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: www.llhm.co.uk/ballot. Entry is priced at £55.00 (ballot is free to enter)

 

Also hosted on: https://profeet.co.uk/plus/london-landmarks-half/

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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LAST MINUTE IN ALPE D’HUEZ

LAST MINUTE IN ALPE D’HUEZ

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

Brilliant.

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.

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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.

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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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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.

https://www.ernalowproperty.com/south-of-france/property/9199039-villa-peyloubet-cote-d-azur

0207 590 1624

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For Further information or images please contact vanessa@vanessafisher.com 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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RIGHT ROUND THE CLOCK: THE LES MENUIRES 24 HOURS

RIGHT ROUND THE CLOCK: THE LES MENUIRES 24 HOURS

Ski Resort Les Menuires, in the 3 Valleys ski area in the French Alps, announces a new event for winter season launch, the opening weekend, 8-9 December 2018

This new event, “RIGHT ROUND THE CLOCK: THE LES MENUIRES 24 HOURS” celebrates the opening of the season with a new fun challenge.

Each day – Saturday and Sunday, the ski slopes will be open from 9am to 9pm – 24 hours of glorious fun in the snow for everyone.

Skiers from every walk of life, desperate to get back out on skis that have been put away for way too long, can ski or ride a full 12 hours each day.

Throughout the weekend, there will be pit stops available from food stands serving raclettes and giant fondues.

The La Croisette area will serve as paddock for skiers to check in, service or wax their skis/boards.

Offer – Accommodation & lift pass for the weekend start from 90.80 euros 
 
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For further information or images contact Les Menuires UK PR Vanessa Fisher on vanessa@vanessafisher.com 07957 618525.
If you are interested in a press invite for opening weekend, please contact Vanessa.
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Erna Low  – The Ski Specialist To The French Alps Launches Winter 2018-2019

Erna Low – The Ski Specialist To The French Alps Launches Winter 2018-2019

Erna Low  – The Ski Specialist To The French Alps Launches Winter 2018-2019

Download the PDF HERE

Erna Low, the Ski Specialist to the French Alps, launches the winter season with 10 New Properties.

For the first time, Erna Low adds the picturesque resort of Arêches-Beaufort. Arêches-Beaufort is a  great resort for families as it has a much shorter drive time from Calais as well as being a good value alternative to more well-known resorts. It is close to Albertville in the Beaufortain valley and will be particularly attractive to lovers of the famous Beaufort cheese. Whilst the resort is little-known on the UK market, the advantage is that prices are very competitive throughout the season.

A seven night stay in the New 4* La Cle des Cimes Residence with its indoor pool and ô Pure spa will cost just £747 for the week beginning 05 January 2019 for a 1 bedroom apartment for 4 person including a return Flexiplus crossing with Eurotunnel for 1 car. That equates to £187 per person including travel.

Joanna Yellowlees-Bound, CEO of Erna Low comments, “Over the last few seasons we have realised that we are selling more self-drive ski holidays to the French Alps than any other type of ski holiday, so moving forward this is what we have decided to focus on – ski holidays to France. With all our years of experience and knowledge, we endeavour to find the best ski holidays for our clients”.

Over 30 years ago, in Erna Low’s Guide to Family Skiing of 1973, founder Erna Low herself wrote; “Renting a furnished apartment is a very popular and comparatively inexpensive way for a family to enjoy a ski holiday. Apartments can be rented in all the modern French ski stations – La Plagne, Les Arcs, Flaine and many others.”

Erna Low added, “Taking your own car has advantages if at least four people travel together, take their own food for the journey and motor through the night. Your car and passenger passage by boat (Sealink or Townsend Thorensen) should be booked well in advance direct with the shipping company. Remember to drive on the RIGHT and take pills for car sickness.”

Today Erna Low continues to promote travelling by car to the Alps and the company enjoys a special partnership with Eurotunnel. The result is that all clients travel with Flexiplus (equivalent to travelling Club or First Class on a flight). Clients enjoy access to the new Flexiplus lounges in Folkestone and Calais and benefit from priority boarding.

New in Alpe d’Huez the 5* Hotel & Residence Daria-I Nor

This new hotel with some additional spacious apartments in the Residence Daria-I-Nor is in the central Eclose area of Alpe d’Huez, with spectacular panoramic views of the valley and easy access to the slopes. Erna Low offer 7 nights from 05 January 2019 for £1536 for a 1 bedroom apartment with cabin for 4 persons including use of the fabulous spa facilities at the hotel. This price also includes a return Flexiplus crossing with Eurotunnel.

Ever Popular Arc 1950

Arc 1950 remains one of the most popular resorts offered by Erna Low. Book now for Half Term:
Erna Low
 offers 7 nights in ski in-out Arc 1950, France, for February half term with a saving of 10% on the accommodation. A spacious 2 bedroom apartment for 4/6 persons was £3801 and is now £3460. All residences have their own pool and the resort offers a programme of activities for children during the week, as well as having a crèche for little ones. This price also includes a return Flexiplus crossing with Eurotunnel  arriving 16 February 2019. There are further Early Booking Discounts of up to 20% off low season dates.

www.ernalow.co.uk  0207 584 2841 @ErnaLow

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For further information or images please contact:

Erna Low PR Manager Vanessa Fisher vanessa@vanessafisher.com 07957 618525

Erna Low Managing Director Jane Bolton jane.bolton@ernalow.co.uk 0207 584 2841

 

ABOUT ERNA LOW

Erna Low is the oldest independent ski company, founded in 1932 by pioneering entrepreneur, Miss Erna Low. A leading ski operator to all the best resorts in France and beyond. Erna Low can offer flights from 21 UK airports direct to the mountains with resort transfers/car hire, or great value self-drive ski holidays including Eurotunnel crossings.  www.ernalow.co.uk @ErnaLow

 

New properties for 2018-2019 includes:

Alpe d’Huez  L’Apenrose/Residence Daria-I-Nor/Hotel Daria-I-Nor

Areche Beaufort – Le Cle des Cimes

Chamonix – Folie Douce Hotel

La Rosiere – Hyatt Centric

Les Houches – Les Chalets Elena

Les Saisies – Les Chalets des Cimes

Samoens – Residence Alexane

St Martin de Belleville – Caseblanche

Tignes – L’Altaviva

Valmorel – Residence Anitea

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Arc 1950 Launches Eight weeks of “Activity Wednesdays”

Arc 1950 Launches Eight weeks of “Activity Wednesdays”

Arc 1950, village resort in the French Alps, launches its Summer Season with a series of Wednesday Activity Days running throughout the summer high season.

Arc 1950 The village opens on 7th July with the first ‘activity Wednesday’ taking place on 11th July.

Focusing on a different theme every week, visitors to the village of Arc 1950 can enjoy FREE entertainment not just on these special themed Wednesdays but also throughout the week. Families with children of all ages can enjoy games, workshops, shows, watersports and more.

Activity Wednesdays during July:

Ø  11.07 – Sports week

Ø  19.07 – Bike week

Ø  25.07 – Al Andalus with Armutan Theatre Company

Activity Wednesdays during August:

Ø  1.08 – Water day

Ø  8.08 – Mountain Festival

Ø  15.08 – Climbing week

Ø  22.08 – Arc 1950 fairground

Ø  29.08 – Space Odyssey

New for Summer 2018 the ‘Outdoor Card’ for stays of over five days includes three free activities – choose from a half day guided hike,  an intro to mountain biking for 8-12 year olds,  a fitness class, intro to golf or an archery session.

Arc 1950 also launches New ‘Arc en Scene’ Thursdays, with different bands and theatre groups performing in the village every Thursday over the summer holidays.

Arc 1950 Le Village is a car-free, family-friendly resort where everything is planned to ensure that guests of all ages can make the most of their summer holiday.

Pierre & Vacances  Special Accommodation offer: Save 20% on summer stays in Arc 1950

www.arc1950.com

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For all media enquiries, and to discuss summer press visits please contact:

Vanessa Fisher, Press Relations Arc 1950 – vanessa@vanessafisher.com 07957 618525

 image c. Andy Parant

For further summer images from Arc 1950: https://tinyurl.com/y83e9ox9

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