Races 10 & 11 May – ERSA Welwyn and Hemel

ERSA Welwyn 2014A busy weekend of racing for many club members,

A great start to the Summer League saw many members take place in the races at Welwyn and Hemel. The courses were set by Sally and John. We were very lucky at Welwyn with the forecast being heavy rain for most of the day, it was very windy but we had the rain maininly after we had finished the individual races. As is all outdoor Summer Leagues the event consisted of 3 runs down the same course, full gates for the U14+ and stubbies for the U12. Both courses were set with the same combination of gates. We then held the team events, the stampede event and the Top 32 Evolution dual. A later start was arranged for Welwyn meaning that people could travel in the morning and only have one night hotel if wanting to take place at Hemel on Sunday. Many Hemel members took place in both races.

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The event started with the individual races, the U12 were the best two runs aggregated for the awards. The U14+ followed the CN format, best of R1/2 + Run 3.

In the U8 girls, Holly TUTT in her first dry slope race was placed 1st 1.5s ahead of her closest rival. Moving to the U10 girls Holly ARLOTT was 4th, again in her first dry slope race. The boys U10 saw Oscar LOUTH finish 9th. Unfortunately Max Kilpatrick after having a good first run dsq the 2nd and 3rd runs. The U12 girs saw Nia BOTY storm the event in first place. In the U12 boys Charlie NEWTON finished 3rd, very closely followed by Thomas REIDY in 4th. Alex KAPADIA was 6th and Alfie TURNER 8th. Hari TAMANA finished 10th.

The U14 girls competed next through the full gate course, excellent racing from Charlotte TAPSELL saw her stand on top podium place in 1st with Eleanor SCRANGE-HARRISON stand two below in 3rd. Harriet WARMINGTON just missed out by 0.17s in 4th place. Helena BLYTH was 12th. The boys event put Byron APPLETON as the highest placed Hemel Racer in 4th place. The Under 16 girls was a tough compe4tition but saw Bea BARDER finish with 3 good runs in 3rd place. Charlotte BLYTH, Anna SHREEVES and Lydia BRADLEY finished 8th, 9th and 10th respectively. Carys Boty dnf all 3 runs. In the U16 boys William NEWTON was just pushed of the podium in 4th place. Harry BOTY after dnf Run 1 was 4th in the U18 boys event. Seasoned racer Tony SHARPE, in the new M23 group was placed 3rd and Stephen BRADLEY 11th.


The Hemel ERSA took place on the Sunday, Over 80 Hemel members took part in a well organised and slickly run event, a very big thank you to ALL that helped make the day a success. Our apologies for not mentioning all racers from the club but for completeness the age group results can be found at http://ersa.co.uk/sites/default/files/racing/results/2014/2014_42_indresults.pdf

Podium positions were achieved by:

U8 girls Holly TUTT 1st

U10 girls Cordellia STEVENS 2nd

U12 girls Nia BOTY 1st

Katie BARDER 3rd

U12 boys Thomas REIDY 3rd

U14 girls Danielle HAWKINS 1st

Charlotte TAPSELL 2nd

Olivia FOSTER 3rd

U134 boys Justin REID 3rd

U16 girls Alicja KRAHELSKI 1st

Elise SNOW 3rd

U16 boys Patrick CALDWELL 1st

U18 girls Yasmin COOPER 1st

Cameron MANSON 2nd

U18 boys Daniel BARTON 1st

Richard WARMINGTON 2nd

U21 Men Oliver KRAHELSKI 1st

Kieran NORRIS 2nd


SM1Ladies Olivia GOLDSMITH 1st

SM1 Men Stuart GREEN 2nd

MA23 Men John NORRIS 1st

Tony SHARPE 2nd


A big congratulation to all the other Hemel members that competed in our own Summer League Race. Next date for the diary is the Hemel CN on Sunday 15th June.

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