WORLD RECORD FOR THE MOST ELEVATION GAIN IN 24H: ELISE DELANNOY WILL ATTEMPT TO BEAT A MEN’S WORLD RECORD!
Rare indeed so the spotlight is on her, Élise Delannoy will try to beat the world record for the most elevation gain in 24 hours.
Originally from Northern France, Élise trains on slag heaps to prepare for her trail running competitions that she participates in throughout the year. Despite her limited training grounds, she was the first French woman and 7th woman in the Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc® 2019.
ELISE DELANNOY WILL ATTEMPT TO BEAT A MEN’S WORLD RECORD!
This year 2020 saw all of Elise’s objectives cancelled one after the other, so it is the chance for her to launch a mad-cap challenge and try to beat Aurélien Dunand-Pallaz’s world benchmark of 17,218.2m vertical elevation in 24h carried out on 6th September 2020.
Élise has chosen to do this challenge on a hill in Nœud-les-Mines (Pas-de-Calais) that rises up to 129m above sea level and is made from the rubble from the mine closed in 1962. Also the only permanent outdoor ski slope created in Europe.
The Northerner wants to honor the miners and their heritage, and prove that anything is possible, “you just have to know how to adapt to what you have,” she explains.
In an attempt to beat this world record for the most elevation gain in 24 hours, Élise has planned to do 290 round trips covering 520m in distance with 59.4m elevation gain per lap (measured by a surveyor). This represents an incredible 151km for 17,226m elevation gain! Almost twice the height of Everest, 8848m.
On her most recent tests she carried out this weekend, she completed two training sessions with an average speed higher than the record:
Saturday: 5h – 62 laps (3,680m) – at this pace represents an average of 17,660m in 24 hours.
Sunday: 3h – 39 laps (2316m) – at this pace represents an average of 18,500m in 24 hours.
In general, a man’s physical power is greater than a woman’s. A man can carry heavier loads than a woman, hit balls with more force and run faster. But according to the results of a study published in the specialist magazine Applied Physiology, Nutrition, Metabolism, a man has less endurance than a woman. The difference is muscular. A woman can endure the same exercise for much longer due to biomechanics. A woman has more slow twitch muscles than a man, who has fast twitch muscles.
So, will Élise be the first woman to break a man’s world record? She will attempt her feat on Saturday 19th September at the Nœud-les-Mines slag heap, starting at 1 pm CET. No doubt supporters will be needed to achieve a historic first!
Info by Abel de Frutos for Trailrunningspain