Club news - 25/10/5
Winner was Viking invader Sune Tomson of the Danish Ski Team who completed 76 laps of Hillingdon Cycle Circuit, racking up over 120km. Not far behind were 3 British Olympians - Hugh Pritchard, Mike Dixon and Patrick Winterton, showing they have lost none of their biathlon and cross-country ski racing instincts.
The race was very much a struggle to survive the gruelling monotony of going round and round for four hours. A good support team helped athletes with water and food, and a dinner was enjoyed afterwards.
The event was well supported by the military, with Bjorn Sprake and David Lamb of the British Army putting in very respectable performances in their rollerski racing debuts. Fiona Crossley took yet another womens honour, completing a good 52 laps. Effie Anagnostopoulos put in a teriffic performance, completing 43 laps on slow Marwe 610 training skis. Dom Luck and Amanda Cox, rollerski novices in 2005, showed determination to the end, completing 38 and 29 laps also on Marwe 610s. Alan Shepard from Manchester put in an impressive performance, covering 83km and showing how a winter of ski marathon racing helps with rollerskiing.
Among the racers Peter Bush and Armel Grimault were two of several classic rollerskiers. Both were practicing for the 2006 Vasaloppet and covered 38 and 25 laps respectively.
At the other end of the scale, Peter Merriman completed 2 laps in the 4 hours, at an average speed of 0.8 km per hour (although this might be accounted for by him also officiating in the race!)
FACTS & FIGURES
Longest individual distance - 121.6km
Fastest individual speed - 30.4km/hour
Total distance travelled by all competitors - 2,539.2km
Total number of laps rollerskied - 1,587
Nationalities - 8 - British (English, Scottish, Northern Irish), Australian, French, Danish, Russian, South African, Greek, American
Results - provided to rollerski.co.uk by the London Region Nordic Ski Club