DAY 1, the British Childrens Championships did not get of to a good start, the Super G races scheduled for today, Tuesday 8th April, were cancelled due to very poor weather conditions after the first two racers DNF. However the U12 GS did take place. Weather conditions were overcast and the temperature was +4, the snow was salted to try and maintain the condition And keep it firm. Hemel had no U10 racers taking part but in the girls U12 Nadine HUGEC finished in 2nd place. Ellie ORCHARD was 23rd. The boys U12 saw Dominic BARTON finish in 23rd position, Angus LODER 26th and Freddie LEACH 36th.
DAY 2, After a disappointing start yesterday to the Children’s Race the Championships tried again to run the U16/U14 Super G. The weather was unseasonably warm today, sunny and fair with temperatures in the morning, -1 rising to +11 later in the afternoon. Snow was assessed as “Softening”. The Super G race results are based on a single run, the course setter was Andy Rostalan from France, the forerunner was Hemel member, Robert Poth. The course was set with 29gates, 27 turning on the Roc De Fer piste, the same track as used by the Senior Championships recently. Sixty girls were on the start list, many from HSRC. Yasmin COOPER finished on the podium in 3rd position with a time of 58.59s, 0.82 s behind the winner. One of the favorites for the event, British Children’s team member, Anna HENDERSON, finished in 6th place. Alicia KRAHELSKI, in her less favored discipline, finished in 9th position. This did however place her 1st in the U14 category. She was followed by Nicole HUGEC in 14th position overall, 2nd U14.. Cameron MANSON was 22nd, Phoebe LONG 26th and Sarah WOODWARD 32nd followed by Olivia FOSTER 33rd. Madeline BURNS finished 42, Eleanor TREW in 48th. Eleanor’s twin Isobel Trew and Charlotte Tapsell dnf.
Ninety boys were on the start list for the SG event. Joshua PENNING-LAMBERT finished 7th overall but 6th in the U16 age group 2.93s behind the winner. Daniel BARTON was 21st whilst Harry DEIGHTON finished 35th overall but 9th in the U14s. His brother Toby DEIGHTON was 2 positions behind in 37th place. Edward LODER was 43rd followed close on his heels by Morgan DAVIES and Dexter LEE in positions 545th and 48th. William NEWTON with a start number of 82 finished in 59th position and 25th in the U14 age group. He was chased by Patrick CALDWELL and Charlie LEACH in 61st and 62nd positions. Charlie HUMPHRIES finished 79th and Richard TREW 82nd.
DAY3, The boys and girls U16 slalom event took place on the Roc De Fer piste , the courses being set by GB Coaches Mark Vinter and Ross Green. Marks course was slightly more open than Ross set. Marks course had 40 gates with 38 turns whereas Ross added two more gates with 42 and 40 turns. As is the norm the girls competed first in what was expected to be a close competition. A small entry with only 34 on the start list saw Hemel members in the guise of Anna HENDERSON and Yasmin COOPER finish on the podium in 2nd and 3rd positions. Cameron MANSON, 3.99s behind the overall winner, finished 5th. Eleanor TREW followed just 0.11s behind by her sister, Isobel TREW finished 18th and 19th overall. Phoebe Long, lying in 7th after Run 1 dnf Run 2. The boys competed on the same track with Harry DEIGHTON finishing in 8th position with Ed LODER in 19th. Daniel Barton dnf Run1. Unfortunately Matthew Penning Lambert, after lying in 1st position after Run 1 could not maintain the form and dnf Run 2 as did Morgan Davies.
The U14 GS race took place today, the top U12 moving to U14 next year were invited to enter but were not included in the main competition results. The competition consisted of 2 separate races. The Race 1 course was set by Scott Bryson, the course was 36 gates with 33 turns. Weather conditions were excellent for taking the sun, not optimal for ski racing, the snow softening quickly. Nadine HUGEC was placed top spot in 1st position with a time of 1.01.17s. This would have placed her 11th in the main event. Unfortunately none of the Hemel boys made the cut. The U14 main event was raced on the same course on the Roc de Fer piste set by Scott. The girls saw Alicia KRAHELSKI once again stand on top of the podium in 1st place. Sarah WOODWARD was placed 5th, 1.63s behind Alicia. Nicole HUGEC with near enough the same time as her sister competing in the invited U12s was placed 12th. Nicole SHERING 21st. The boys took to the slope, by now conditions were becoming very soft. In Race 1the highest placed Hemel member was Harry DEIGHTON finishing in 6th place. Dexter LEE 10th and Patrick CALDWELL 29th. He was followed by William NEWTON in 33rd spot, Charlie LEACH 38th and Charlie HUMPHRIES 41st. Richard Trew dnf.
The Race 2 course was set by the welsh trainer, Robin Kellen, a less turney course than Race 12 with 33/30 gates. The event saw once again Alicia KRAHELSKI continue her excellent championships and finish on top in 1st place. Sarah WOODWARD improved her standings from Race 1 and was also on the podium in 3rd. Another improvement by Nicole SHERING in 17th. However unfortunately Nicole Hugec dnf. The boys followed immediately the girls had finished on a much softer course now, race conditions worsening by the minute. They raced the same course set by Robin Kellen. GBR Children’s Team member, Harry DEIGHTON finished in 8th position 1.46 behind the winner of both races, Owen Vinter. William NEWTON improved considerably from Race 1 where fe finished 33rd and this time finished 18th. Dexter LEE however could not maintain the form and dropped a few places to 19th. Another improvement saw Patrick CALDWELL finish 23rd. Richard TREW finished in 39th position, Charlie HUMPHRIES and Charlie LEACH finished 41st and 42nd respectively.
DAY 4, the last day of the Championships, the weather was Sunny and Warm, not the best conditions for ski racing, the temperature was 0 degrees warming up as the races progressed. Today saw the U16 compete in the GS and the U14 in the Slalom. The U12 also finished their Championships with the BARSC All Mountain Challenge, no details currently.
The day started with the U14 GS, as is standard now this was a 2 run race, both runs treated as individual competitions for seeding purposes. The course for Race 1 was set by GBR trainer, James Knock. He set 39/38 gates on the Roc De Fer piste. Finishing of her Champs as she started Alicia KRAHELSKI finished on top of the podium in 1st place. Sarah WOODWARD, again a good champs finished just of the podium in 4th. One of our newer members Nicole HUGEC finished in 9th position with Nicole SHERING 14th. Madeline BURNS was 19th. Megan Davies dnf. The Race 2 course was set by Emily Evans who used to be a Hemel member a number of years ago. She set a much faster course than James Knock with only 35 gates and 33 turns. Both Alicia KRAHELSKI and Sarah WOODWARD dropped one position on the less technical track and finished 2nd and 5th. Nicole HUGEC also dropped down the ranking and finished 14th. Nicole SHERING maintained her form and finished in 15th position, Madeline BURNS was 21st. Megan Davies unfortunately dnf.
The boy’s event was held on the same course as the girls run. Race 1 put Harry DEIGHTON in 4th position. Richard TREW probably had his best event finished in 17th place. The two Charlie’s, LEACH and HUMPHRIES finished in 26th and 29th positions respectively. Dexter Lee, Patrick Caldwell and William Newton dnf whereas Judson Rabey was dsq. Race 2 was a much better event for Dexter LEE who completed this event in 11th 2.27s behind the winner. He was very closely followed by Harry DEIGHTON just 0.11s behind Dexter. William NEWTON, much improved from Race 1 finished in 26th and Charlie HUMPHRIES 33rd. Patrick Caldwell, Judson Rabey, Charlie Leach and Richard Trew dnf.
The U16 Giant Slalom event took place on the same piste, Roc De Fer, courses this time set by GBR trainers, Ronnie Naismith and Ali Morton. Both set similar courses with 35/32 and 34/31 gates. The results are based on two runs aggregated to find the overall winners. Anna HENDERSON, one of the favourites, finish in 1st place nearly 2 seconds ahead of the field. Cameron MANSON, just over 6 seconds behind Anna finished 12th. Phoebe LONG was 18th and Eleanor TREW 23rd. Yasmin Cooper, who would have been one of the other favourites dnf run 1 as did Isobel Trew.