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Weʼre raising £3,500 to help rebuild a secondary school for 700 children in Bhotenamlang, Nepal.

Chamonix, France and Dublin, Ireland

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In August 2018, Brian and Elaine will each run the 170km Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc (UTMB) race to raise funds for the inspirational charity "Les Amis de Children's Home" (translated simply as "Friends of the Nepalese Children’s Home").

Les Amis de Children's Home is a small and dedicated charity founded by Frenchman Patrice Floquet in 1998 which runs orphanages, schools and health centres in Nepal, improving the lives of thousands of Nepalese children, many of whom were recently orphaned by the 2015 earthquakes.

Brian and Elaine aim to raise together £3,500 to help Les Amis de Children's Home to rebuild a secondary school for 700 children in the village of Bhotenamlang, north of Kathmandu in Nepal.

The school in Bhotenamlang was devastated in the 2015 earthquake - only one building comprising 3 classrooms (the three built by the charity for the school in 2009) survived. The 700 children are currently accommodated in temporary bamboo and tin huts. Les Amis de Children's Home wish to rebuild the entire school with a strong two storey building. The project has been validated by the architect of the Nepalese Ministry of Education and will cost EUR 40,000 to build - of which Brian and Elaine hope to raise 10% . If Les Amis de Children's home raise further funds, they can also equip the school with tables, chairs and computers.

FYI, here is a link to their webpage:

With your help, Brian and Elaine hope to raise money for this worthy cause by completing the 2018 Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc.

Thus, at 6pm on 31 August 2018 they will join over 2300 other runners from around the world at the Place Triangle D'Amite in Chamonix, France, for the start of the epic 170km race which will take them through three countries (France, Italy and Switzerland) and up and down over 10,000 vertical meters for the next two days - without sleep! Over 40% of starters will not make it to the finish within the maximum time limit of 46.5 hours. Brian is a previous finisher (2017) and this is Elaine’s third and final attempt (ever!).

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  • Elaine Smith & Brian Hutchinson1 month ago
    Elaine Smith & Brian Hutchinson

    Elaine Smith & Brian Hutchinson

    1 month ago

    51 days to go and Elaine is on her way to Switzerland to compete in X-Traversee Verbier St Bernard - 74KM Ultra Trail over 5000m of climb - this weekend. You can follow her progress live on As the excitement builds, Elaine and I both recently featured in this Columbia Sportswear film about managing the challenges of extreme weather conditions during the UTMB - our 15 minutes of fame! And we passed the 50% point in our fundraising today! A massive thanks to all!

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  • Elaine Smith & Brian Hutchinson2 months ago
    Elaine Smith & Brian Hutchinson

    Elaine Smith & Brian Hutchinson

    2 months ago

    71 days left 'til we stand on the start line of the UTMB 2018 and training is going well for us both. Brian successfully completed the Wicklow Way Race 130km ultra in Ireland last weekend as a warm-up, finishing 33rd overall. Elaine is up next, competing in the Trail Verbier St Bernard ( in Switzerland on July 7, where she will likely encounter snow! A massive thanks to all of you who so generously sponsored us - we are almost half-way towards our £3,500 target. It means a to have your support.

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Page last updated on: 8/3/2018 12:08 PM



  • Rachel Martin

    Rachel Martin

    Aug 3, 2018

    Same as before!


  • Rachel Martin

    Rachel Martin

    Aug 2, 2018

    I’ll be tracking you guys so no slacking 😉. Seriously, you’re amazing for doing this. Good luck!! X


  • Jacqui Stephenson

    Jacqui Stephenson

    Aug 2, 2018

    You’re amazing


  • Michael Moran

    Michael Moran

    Jul 5, 2018

    Best of luck to you both.


  • James and Bronwyn

    James and Bronwyn

    Jun 28, 2018

    Best of luck guys!!


  • Donough Cassidy

    Donough Cassidy

    Jun 15, 2018

    Great cause - all the best Brian and Elaine


  • Anonymous


    Jun 14, 2018

    Go for it!!


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Elaine Smith & Brian Hutchinson

Elaine Smith & Brian Hutchinson

Chamonix, France and Dublin, Ireland

Elaine and Brian are husband-and-wife runners with considerable road and trail miles under their belts! Between them have over the years raised and contributed over £15,000 for charitable causes by pounding the pavements and scaling the hills.

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