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Congratulations to our ultra marathon winner

By Mountain Kingdoms on 01 Jun 2017
Categories: Office news

Congratulations to our ultra marathon winner

When most of us at Mountain Kingdoms take a holiday we normally do some walking or trekking, but for one member of the team a recent trip to the Azores included an incredibly challenging 70km race.

Last weekend, our intrepid Operations Manager, Liz Noakes, successfully ran the Blue Island Trail Ultra Marathon on the island of Faial in the Azores.

Not only did she complete the race in an astonishing time of 9 hours 50 minutes, but she was also the first woman home. The mountainous route involved over 3,500m of ascent reaching its highest point at 1,010m on the volcanic caldera in the centre of the island. Despite setting off in the dark at 5.00am and having to deal with steep climbs and gale force winds of up to 50mph, Liz amazingly enjoyed running the race on the scenic island although she did find it “just a little bit tiring”.

Congratulations to Liz from all of us at Mountain Kingdoms on her truly remarkable achievement. The photo shows Liz (on the right) collecting her trophy.


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Mountain Kingdoms has been running holidays across the world for the last 33 years, and now, as ever, the safety and well-being of our clients is our top priority. Since the start of the Corona Virus (Covid-19) outbreak we have been carefully monitoring developments in all the destinations we travel to, keeping in close contact with our partners on the ground and following the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) travel advice.

The situation is ever-changing and unpredictable but we have weathered many storms in the three decades that I have been at the helm of Mountain Kingdoms, from natural disasters to wars, assassinations and civil unrest. Mountain Kingdoms is a fully bonded company offering complete financial security - land only through ABTOT and air inclusive holidays through ATOL (2973). We are members of AITO and are fully accredited IATA agents. We have a highly experienced team here in the office and superb local partners across our destinations, all working hard to keep you safe and well, and to minimise any potential disruption.

I appreciate many of you may be concerned about what impact Covid-19 could have on your holiday arrangements. Whilst most situations will be covered by our usual booking conditions*, I am trying to be as flexible as possible in response to this unprecedented situation. Hopefully the guidelines below will make our policy clear but do get in touch with us on 01453 844400 if you have any questions at all.

Tourism is critical to many of the countries we travel to, so I do hope that you will continue with your holiday plans, and we will certainly do all we can to ensure that your holiday is a safe and enjoyable one.

Steve Berry

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