Qualifications: Snowsport England qualified rollerski instructor
Experience: Skiing and rollerskiing since the age of 13. Started rollerskiing on private roads in rural Northern Ireland, where apparently there was nothing else to do! Competed in the British Cross-Country ski championships 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006 - fastest non-military skier in 15k classic in 2002. Competed in Engadin ski marathon in 2004, 2005 and 2006. Director of The Rollerski Co and London's most enthusiastic rollerskier and instructor!
Other interests: Used to row and scull, enjoys mountain biking, sailing, windsurfing, biathlon (skiing and shooting), planting trees in N. Ireland.
Ambitions: to get people rollerskiing, whatever their motivation, and turn the UK into a nation of great cross-country skiers! Irradicate obesity through rollerskiing.
What does he do: Rollerski & cross-country ski instruction and coaching.
The trouble with running a growing ski training business is that everyone wants to rollerski in the run-up to, or during the ski season! Very difficult to get away. Still, I finally made it back to the Engadin Skimarathon in 2013, finishing in 2hrs 3mins 37seconds, alongside 152 other British finishers, including Alan.
Much abbreviated ski season, due to rollerski commitments. Only 2 weeks on snow. The highlight - without doubt - was finishing 2nd in the GB Championships 4x10k cross-country race with my cousin's cousin, Paul Gorbold. Also took part in various biathlon races, including the 20k individual which Paul finished second in, and the 10k sprint. Great fun.
Budorrennet ski marathon, Hamar, Norway - 3.1.9, 45km classic ski marathon in Norway. 2hr 54mins 2secs. My first classic ski marathon. Had fairly slow skis as I'd waxed too cold, but was flying at the top of the course, where it was much colder! Good way to get classic legs back. Did some classic sprints with the GB juniors the next morning.
Slavic Cup, Liberec, Czech Republic - 18.1.9, 10km classic ski race, on the course of the World Championships. Results. Representing Ireland at the FIS Developing Nations training camp. Very severe course, but a great experience.
Engadin ski marathon - 12.3.8, 42km ski race in Switzerland. 2hr 10min 47sec, 1,708th / c10,000 Bad start, so got a bit stuck in traffic between St Moritz and Pontresina, but picked up speed and places towards the end. Great skis, thanks to Holmenkollen waxing men in St Moritz. Picked up a bug due probably to dodgy tap water at the Sporthotel Pontresina. Great track conditions and a really good day. Fastest Brit. Results
Dolomitenlauf ski marathon - 20.1.8, 42km ski race in Obertilliach, Austria. 269th / 487. All was well except I lost a pole tip in the first 10k and so lost lots of power. Should probably have used stiffer skiers than I did. Happy enough given these problems (and the fact it was my second day on snow in the season). Came home feeling 100% fitter and more energised after long weekend. Results
Spartan Hike 15k classic - 19.1.7, 3 days on snow and then a race! Great fun skiing through the field from 206th starting position, great weather and friendly crowd of racers and officials. Finished 34/211, which was fine being my 2nd time on classic skis all year!
2006 season & results
Waymark / Rollerski Co holiday - 28.12.5 to 4.1.6
Spartan Hike, Serre Chevalier, France - 7.1.6 to 24.1.6
The organisers allowed me to compete hors concors (as a non-military skier) so it was good practice for Ruhpolding. It struck me as an excellent event - extremely well run, in fantastic scenery. Oddly my best result was in the 10k biathlon despite doing 6 penalty loops! Classic was a mess due to waxing.
British Champs, Ruhpolding, Germany - 24.1.6 to 31.1.6
Engadin Ski Marathon, St Moritz, Switzerland - 7.3.6 to 12.3.6
1130/10000 (2nd fastest Brit, out of 67 finishers)