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NEWS


GET THE FAMILY FIT Last year we urged you to get your family fit…


We love this break with Chilly Powder, ideal for fit families needing something to keep their energy levels satisfied this summer


Chilly Powder provide a family friendly chalet in Morzine, in the heart of the French Alps. Accommodation boasts a full bar, sauna and massage room, hot tub, a mezzanine library with pool table and a children’s playroom with a widescreen TV, DVDs, a Wii and a Playstation. Chilly Powder pride themselves on their menu and offer gourmet dishes of restaurant quality, with separate meal times for children and adults. Adults can also enjoy complimentary wine with their evening meal. Whilst staying at the chalet, guests can take advantage of the €1 per day Morzine Avoriaz activity multi pass. Activities include anything from ice- skating and tennis to swimming and museums. The more adventurous may also want to try one of the many activities in the region such as white water rafting, canyoning, rock climbing, paragliding, mountain boarding, mountain biking and of course running! Chilly Powder are offering guests the chance to stay for two weeks at their luxury chalet and only pay for 10 nights. The price for two adults and two children is £1,928 on a half board basis, sharing a standard family room for 14 nights.


MARATHON


SPRINTING TO THE


Fiona Bugler caught up with 400m champion turned recreational marathon runner, adrenaline junkie and TV presenter Iwan Thomas, midway through a very hectic publicity schedule the day before he ran the Virgin London Marathon…


How has marathon training gone? “For this race I’ve only managed three and a half weeks and my longest run was 13.3 miles! I just want to get to half way feeling fresh.”


What’s your marathon history? “Terrible… I did 4:19 last year, I’d trained hard but fell off the pace. The year before I did 3:58 off basically no training. I want to do another sub four this year if I can.”


How different is it running 400m and running a marathon? “They’re so different. The worst thing is people in the crowd know you as a runner and think you should be able to run marathons fast. Last year some guy shouted out at 21 miles, ‘What happened to you? You used to be


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an awesome athlete.’ I wasn’t happy!”


How do you pace yourself for marathons? “I’m still learning. When I was training for 400m I never did long runs, we just went flat out. For marathon runners it’s the opposite – you have to hold back and be relaxed.”


Does being an ex international athlete give you something extra? “I know how to switch on my mind as an ex-athlete. I set myself realistic goals. I think if I can reach that next lamppost or tree, I’ll be okay. I always stay positive and focused. And I know that I can get the very best out of myself on the day.”


Can you ever replace the buzz from competing at 400m? “No, nothing can replace, ‘On your marks…’ and knowing you’re going to run 400m – but things like this come close!” *Iwan Thomas ran 4:24:52 and raised £1,645 for Sports Aid. He’s also an ambassador for Macmillan Cancer Support.


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GEAR AND GOINGS ON


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