Winter 2009/2010

Hemel Ski Race Club (HSRC) members race at the British 2010.

Many of you may be aware that there have recently been a lot of alpine races taking place: –

The British Land National Championships 28th March – 5th April, Meribel
Scottish FIS & Childrens races 4th – 9th April, Courchevel
The British Land Children Championships 4th – 9th April, Meribel

The build up to these events is especially gruelling and very demanding on the racer. Training often starts at a very early hour in order to benefit from the best conditions and weather on the hill, although the chance of training being cancelled due to snow is not likely as the race often runs in poor conditions. Fitness training is taken to the limit to prepare the athlete both physically and mentally for the endurance that the body will sustain. HSRC was very well represented. I would like to thank all racers and their parents for their support, time and financial commitment in providing your child/children with this opportunity.

Congratulations to all of those who entered these races – your efforts have been recognised irrespective of results by myself and fellow committee members – thank you and keep up the hard work

I would also like to extend my congratulations to one individual in particular who has achieved a record of podium places in every race and discipline entered during the above dates, Slalom, Giant Slalom, Super G, Super G Non -Championship, Combined Championship, (however I am still investigating the last time that this happened, if at all!!)

Robert Poth CH1 – a credit to HSRC and all those that have trained Robert past and present.

Amanda Rolph
Chair Hemel Ski Race Club

Hemel Ski Race Club (HSRC) members race at the English Championships in Bormio . 13-18th Feb 2010.

The Hemel Ski Race Club was well represented at the recent English Championships, with many racers and parents making the long journey over half term to appreciate the scenery and hospitality, as well as some highly competitive racing.

As ever these were a successful and well run Championships, clearly indicated by the number of other nations sending their teams to compete. This gives our national racers a real indication as to how they are performing against the other alpine nations, especially in the FIS races.
10 races were held over 6 days, with the Italian hosts doing an excellent job preparing the pistes to give a hard and consistent base for the racers.

The number of members and associate members racing perhaps shows how the new indoor snow, coupled with top level coaching is giving HSRC racers the confidence to tackle the real snow races, and it was great to see so many involved.
For many who have raced on English Indoor and outdoor slopes, the length of the courses is a new challenge with some very tired racers crossing the finish. There were several racers moving up to Junior from Children 2 having to start again on with no points and appreciating just how significant the step is to FIS racing.

Minis – Morgan Davies
CH1 – Robert Poth 1st SL GS SG, Yasmin Cooper 3rd SL , Anna Henderson , Jordon Lowe, Joshua Penning Lambert, Alex White
CH2 – Max Baggio 1st GS, Sophie Rolph, Tom Grant, Daniel Poth, Matthew Penning Lambert, Kieran Norris, Christopher Pickering, Toby Mellor
JN1 – Matt Thompson 1st SG 2nd GS SL , James Grant (points reduced by 870 !), Caroline Powell, Sam Fairburn, Max Greenfield
JN2 – Doug Reid
Masters – Kerry Turnock who did very well in the masters categories.

It was also great to see so many parents from HSRC and the Eastern region helping to make the races a success. Andrea was the race secretary for the 10 races, (with up to 300 racers in each race and international FIS entries being accepted as late as 24 hrs before the race) leading to 12 Hr days in resort on top of weeks of preparation. However we also had Phil Brown coaching all week and setting courses, Chris Holly course crew for the week, Gillian Poth commentating, Judy Reid house mum, and many others helping with marshalling, bib collection, timing board, and officiating for the various races.

As with everything there will always be some opportunities to improve for next year, however it was a great event at a location where the parents could occasionally manage to get in some skiing and even afford to sample the local hospitality.

Many thanks to Snow Sport England for organising the Championships, and let’s hope as many HSRC racers can attend next year.

British Champs in Meribel 2009

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