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Elizabeth's set to scale Snowdon

PUBLISHED: 11:44 06 August 2010 | UPDATED: 09:16 16 September 2010

THE flat terrain of Norfolk is no training ground for an attempt to climb the highest mountain in England and Wales.

But an 11-year-old girl is doing her best to prepare to tackle Snowdon in a bid to raise more than £1,000 in sponsorship.

THE flat terrain of Norfolk is no training ground for an attempt to climb the highest mountain in England and Wales.

But an 11-year-old girl is doing her best to prepare to tackle Snowdon in a bid to raise more than £1,000 in sponsorship.

Elizabeth Chapman, from Hales, came up with the idea to enable her father Lawrence to go to as a volunteer to an international scout jamboree in Sweden.

He needs to raise £1,350 to attend the World Scout Jamboree next year, and will be climbing Snowdon with Elizabeth at the end of August.

She said: “We went up it on the train last year and I thought it was lovely so I thought, I'd like to walk it.”

She estimated that the trek could take between two to four hours to reach the 3560-ft peak, and the same on the descent.

Although just six miles in distance, it has a 740m height gain, which could prove hard on the legs of a girl from East Anglia.

As part of the preparation she has started training walks together with her father to build up the distance, although problems with her feet means she has to wear special inner soles to help reduce the impact on her feet and calves.

“It's going to be tough, but I'm really looking forward to it. I can't wait to get to the top,” she said.

Her father, who is the district explorer scout commissioner for Lowestoft, and is deputy head at Ashley School, also in Lowestoft, will be part of the international service team for the jamboree, which is expected to bring together up to 40,000 scouts from across the world. Some of the money that scouts and leaders pay towards the jamboree goes to support scouts from developing areas of the world, so that they can attend.

Elizabeth, who will start Langley Senior School in Loddon in September, has already kicked off the fundraising effort by doing bag-packing, and has more ideas in the pipeline.

She said the money was going to a good cause, adding: “He really wants to go, and by going he is helping others as well, so it will be good for him to go on the service team.”

Although 90pc of the funds will go towards the trip, Elizabeth's love of dogs means that 10pc of the money raised will go to the Dogs Trust.

Anyone wishing to sponsor Elizabeth can visit www.justgiving.com/Libbyclimbssnowdon

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