Races 6 & 7 Sept – Anglo Welsh and British Indoor – Manchester

Anglo_Welsh_BritishNicole Shering, thanks to Lois for the report, will post others when received.. See “britski” for full details.

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After a long drive to Manchester on a Friday night after a first day back at school for Nicole Shering, things could only get better!! And for the U16 female racers from Hemel it did. Nicole had a break from snow for 3 months so was not expecting too much..On Saturday after a very good first run Nicole was leading the U16s and 4th fastest female. She held on to the lead in the U16s taking 1st place and becoming  English indoor champion, but slipped to 5th overall. Elise taking 2nd and Nicole Hugec 3rd in U16s.

Sunday’s race was as competitive as the day before with all racers wanting that top spot becoming British Indoor Champion. Nicole Shering started where she left off in 1st place after run 1 with Oliva Ward close behind followed by Elise then Nicole Hugec. So it was all to play for in run 2 with a different course and more chopped up piste..All skied well making it a tense few seconds between Olivia and Nicole Shering runs..Nicole’s combined time 32.84 and Olivia 32.80…could not have been closer.  But a good weekend had by all. Now the long journey home with a few trophies to weigh us down.

It was a very well organised race weekend and ran smoothly. Thank you Snow Sports England and volunteers.

The Anglo Welsh took place on the Saturday, a very big thankls to Lois for writting the report for the U16 girls event. Hemel had no competitors in the U12 competition. In the main event the courses were set by Richard Lambden from GLO and Robin Kellin from SSW. Richard set 15 gates and Robin more turny with 17 gates (16 turns). As well as Nicole, Elise and Nicole in the U16 race Charlotte TAPSELL finished 14th overall and 4th in the U14 age group, Maxine HANCOCK, who trained with us in Landgraaf finished just behind Charlotten 15th, 3rd U`18.

In the mens/boys event Hemel had some very good results. Our highest placed member was Robert POTH in 3rd overall and 3rd in the U18’s. he was very closely followed by Hemel trainer, Matt THOMPSON in 4th but 1st in the SEN group. Another of the Hemel trainers, Dan Poth finished just after Matt in 5th place and this put him 1st in the U21’s. Tom GRANT, returning from injury, had two good runs and finished 3rd U21. Patrick CALDWELL was 27th, John NORRIS was 35th, however he finished 2 MAS in a ver tough group. Byron APPLETON was 38thith Oliver WEEKS 2nd. Charles HUMPHREYS 43rd.

On Sunday was the British Indoor Champs. Courses were set by Carl Ryding (17 gates, 16 turns) and Mark Vinter (17 gates, 16 turns). In the girls/ladies event as well as the U16 girls reported on by Lois Shering Charlotte TAPSELL finished 4th in the U14, 14th overall. Maxine HANCOCK was again just behind Charlotte in 16th overrall, 3rd in the U18’s. Nadine HUGEC was 21st overall. The boys/mens event took place on the same courses as the girls. Robert POTH after lying second after R1 had a great second run placing him top of the podium in 1st place. Matt THOMPSON, leading after R1 eventually finished 3rd overall, 1st SEN. Robert TREBILCOCK was 2nd SEN, 4th overall. Tom GRANT was again 3rd U21 and 9th overall. Dan POTH finished 0.02s behind Tom in 10th place, 4th U21. Patrick CALDWELL was placed 22nd, Bryon APPLETON 26th and Oliver WELLS 29th. John NORRIS was placed 3rd in the MAS group, 34th overall. Charles HUMPHEYS was 44th. Dominic BARTON was 48th and brother Daniel BARTON after lying in the top 15 had a poor second run and finished 51st.

This report has been written with reference to the results. Individual reports will be published when received from those present.

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