News - 28/10/8
The second Wessex & Army rollerski races took place last Sunday, with one of the largest fields of the year.
Almost 100 athletes took part, with competitors from 9 civilian and military ski teams. Top honours in the mens' race went to Simon Spencer of the Wessex Biathlon & Nordic Ski Club, with the ladies' race going to Sarah Young of the Huntly Nordic Ski Club.
The Wessex Races have quickly established themselves as among the most exciting and well run races on the UK rollerski calendar. Mark Goodson of the British Biathlon Union was on hand with the army's timing equipment, which ensured a high degree of accuracy of results. The club's, and its sponsor Milsys (UK) Limited's, generosity was much in evidence with the prizes, which were given out for the top three individual racers and teams. Results were published on the day and posted onto the web the next day. And the volunteers who were administering the race were friendly and efficient. In all, a very well run effort, and everyone attending seemed to have a great day, and good races.
It was also good to have all races on matched skis, ensuring fairer racing, and making it easier for novices to get involved.
Congratulations go to all who took part, especially London & Dorney rollerskiers - Nick Jubert, Richard Long, Megan Lennard, Glennis Dore, Ekaterina Rachel, Helen Dickinson, Dora Richads, Kristian Callaghan, Michael Lennard, Barbara Baker, Helen Wood, Bruce Baker, Rachel Buttery, James Freedman, Yevgeniy Gorbenko, Guerman Mikhailov, Rob Dorward and Ivan Gorbenko. Most were representing the 'London Hyde Park Cross-Country Ski Club', which had its first outing as an SSE affiliated club, and came back with a few prizes including -
In addition, Rachel Buttery, representing the RAF, was second fastest miltary skier in the ladies' 6k race and the RAF team was second in the ladies' relay race.
Thanks go to Bob Anderson, Colin Keane, Dagmar Junghanns, Rupert Butcher and the team of race organisers from the army for making it such a great day out.