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Wednesday 23 August 2017

Elizabeth author of new athletics guide

WHEN BREE steeplechaser Elizabeth Egan was planning to visit Kenya for a training holiday a decade ago, she had difficulty finding information about the best places to visit, where to stay, and if it was possible for a female to travel alone.

After weeks of searching, she stumbled across the website of Lornah Kiplagat's High Altitude Training Centre (H.A.T.C.) in Iten, and arranged the first of many trips to the 'home of champions'. She knew then that this sort of information should have been easier to find, so in 2010 she set about researching a travel guide which would detail how to get to Iten and 14 other popular altitude training venues across the globe.

'Notes from higher grounds: an altitude training guide for endurance athletes' (Kukimbia Huru Publishing) is the product of almost four years of research, and provides the information that any distance runner or their coach would need to arrange an altitude training trip.

Any athlete that wants to run with the Kenyans or stride along the Albuquerque trails made famous by Paula Radcliffe, can now do so.

Ifrane, Mammoth Lakes and Boulder have suddenly become more accessible, and places like Falls Creek and Addis Ababa are no longer reserved for elite athletes with connections there.

'I hope that "Notes from higher grounds" will enable more athletes to sample altitude training, East African running culture, and the beautiful mountain trails of places like Font Romeu, St. Moritz and Flagstaff,' Elizabeth said.

The 368-page full-colour publication includes practical advice, spectacular photographs, interesting features, and light-hearted blog excerpts detailing the author's own experiences and observations. It is available to purchase through www.AltitudeTrainingCamps.com.

Wexford-born Elizabeth, a member of Bree A.C. and Liverpool Harriers and A.C., graduated with honours in Sports and Exercise Sciences from University of Limerick in 2001 and received her PhD in Exercise Physiology from Liverpool John Moores University in 2005.

She managed the sports scholarship programme at University of Birmingham between 2006 and 2010, and the high performance programmes at University of East London between 2011 and 2012.

She is currently self-employed and, in addition to writing, provides lifestyle and welfare support to groups of high performance athletes in both Ireland (including the Co. Wexford Athletics Development Squad) and the U.K. Elizabeth researched, wrote, designed and published 'Notes from higher grounds'.

Kukimbia Huru Publishing is the author's own publishing company. Kukimbia Huru roughly translates from Swahili to mean 'run free', a phrase that epitomises the process by which the book was researched and written.

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