Up and down Mont Blanc

PUBLISHED: 10:00 10 July 2008 | UPDATED: 22:03 15 June 2010

Liz and Dennis Elliott

Liz and Dennis Elliott

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Activity 2240, declivity 1200. You may wonder what on earth the title to this means - there is no direct translation from the French but it's basically the distance Dennis and Liz Elliott, picture, went up (2240m - 7350ft) and down (1200m -3800ft) during the marathon du Mont Blanc.

Activity 2240, declivity 1200. You may wonder what on earth the title to this means - there is no direct translation from the French but it's basically the distance Dennis and Liz Elliott, picture, went up (2240m - 7350ft) and down (1200m -3800ft) during their epic marathon du Mont Blanc last Sunday. This is their account of the tremendous challenge they undertook: "The only word we have to describe our adventure is brutal. It was extremely hard, precipitously steep, very hot (35 degrees+) and altitude played its mean part too, being up at over 6,000 feet. We were amongst the oldest in the race and 20 per cent of those starting didn't even finish - so even though it took us a staggering (literally) eight and a half hours, we were very proud to finish. The winner took just under four hours and a chap from Tipton Harriers (17th), who did London in 2hrs 20mins, took 4hrs 45mins - shows just how tough it was!"The scenery was spectacular - surrounded by snow clad peaks and the Massif du Mont Blanc but the conditions underfoot meant we had to constantly look where we were going or risk a nasty fall! There were only five drinks/feed stations en route so we needed to carry quite a lot with us - typical food of the French - salami, cheese and bread on offer, along with dried fruit and prunes. Thank God I took my jelly babies!"Without doubt the support of the many friends who sponsored us helped us tremendously and we have raised over £3,000 for Help for Heroes. As we kept saying when things got really tough, those boys and girls who have been so badly injured would have given anything to be able to do what we did last Sunday - so we had no excuse not to finish."l The 5.7 mile multi terrain Quantock Beast was held on Sunday and Sue Venn just happened to end up with the famous 118 number. Being Sue, just one 118 was not good enough so she made up another to go alongside it. It was dry at the start, then started to rain and her made up number began to disintegrate with black ink spewing all over her running vest, hands and shorts. Unfortunately she wiped her face with an inky hand but didn't care as she had a fabulous time. Sue finished 11 secs faster than last year in 58:49. Dominic Schneiders also ran and managed to get round in about 43:53, a minute slower than last year as he ran in the Charmouth Challenge the day before, so in reality he was quite chuffed.l Harry Moore ran the first of the Exeter 5k summer series in 35:15, then on Saturday completed the Charmouth Challenge 2.5 mile fun run 193rd in 34 mins.

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