Championship season: what to look forward to!


by Pete Davies September 01, 2016

It’s crunch time for racers in the UK and Ireland as the artificial championships are fast approaching. Who will be crowned zero point skiers by the end of the year? What race will be the most exciting? We take a look at each championship and who will be battling it out to win each race.
 
September 3-4th All England Championships
Main Event

It’s the biggest race on the dryslope calendar! The All England championships will be taking place in Gloucester this year and there’ll be plenty of top end racers looking to take the overall crown. It’s a race where we see old and new faces attack the dryslope courses. Not only that it’s a great chance to see up and coming talent in the boy and girl races on the stubby courses. Last year saw Christopher Corr and Jenny Davies win the overall male and female races in Sunderland. Can they both defend their titles?

 
Main male contenders:
Christopher Corr
David Hatcher
Oliver Weeks
 
Main female contenders:  
Jenny Davies
Nicole Shering
Georgia Hallett
 
Main U12 boy contenders
Ryan Bunton
Charlie Deem
Harry Duncan
 
Main U12 girl Contenders
Lauren Bloom
Jollie Hoffman-Little
Niamh Thompson
 
All England Team Event
 
There’s also the small matter of the biggest dual slalom race of the year: the Snowsport England Inter Club championship. Each year clubs from around Britain battle it out to become the Inter club champions. There are always surprise performances and results in this tournament and this year will be no different. Last year Loughborough University won the main and open events in Sunderland but can they keep the same personnel from last year to compete at the top end? 
 
Main contenders:
Loughborough University
Pendle
Aldershot
 
September 3-4th Scottish Championships

This year the Scottish championships clash with the All England but the Hillend course always brings spectacular racing! It’ll be interesting to see what racers attend this race because it’s a good opportunity to compete for a main championship and gain good points.
 
Last year, Nicole Richie won the race by over four seconds. Can she continue her dominance in the female race? In the male race Euan Kick won by a similar margin to Richie with a four second deficit. Both racers were in the U21 category at the time.
 
 
Main male contenders:
Euan Kick
Owen Vinter
Scott Waitt
 
Main female contenders:
Nicole Richie
Claire Winthrop
Alannah Lawrie
 
Main U12 boy contenders
Lewis Calder
Lewis Mckey
Jamie Anderson
 
Main U12 girl contenders
Isla Ward
Erin Ward
Sophie Anderson
 
September 10th- 11th Welsh and British Championships

We’ve already had a great weekend at Pontypool for the GBR series but now we have a championship weekend to look forward to! Like Hillend, it’s one of the most challenging slopes on the circuit and the racing looks set to be as exciting as ever.
 
Last year, Nicole Shering won the Welsh title by over one and a half seconds, but can she replicate that form again? Masters racer David Hatcher won the male race by nearly the same margin. Can his unique style make the difference again this year?
 
In the British race Sarah Lambden took the top female spot in a closely fought race. Lambden hasn’t raced all season and looks like she won’t be defending her title. In the male race Hatcher took top honours again but by a smaller margin this time. Can he get a double win again?
 
 
Main male contenders:
David Hatcher
Oliver Weeks
Callum Witts
 
Main female contenders
Jenny Davies
Nicole Shering
Georgia Hallett
 
Main U12 boy contenders
Ryan Bunton
Charlie Deem
Harry Duncan
 
Main U12 girl Contenders
Lauren Bloom
Jollie Hoffman-Little
Niamh Thompson
 
October 1st-2nd Irish Championships

The Irish championship has had fantastic feedback form racers over the years. The warm hospitality and good organisation helps the races go very smoothly. It’s a unique slope with a steep start section and has seen many top racers compete in the past. It’s a growing championship and it’ll be interesting to see who attends this year.
 
Last year Jenny Davies secured her female zero point skier status with a win at the Irish champs. Will this year be as successful for the Aldershot racer? In the male race Thomas Hales won a close race in Dublin. Hales hasn’t competed all season so it’ll be highly unlikely that he defends his title.
 
 
Main male contenders:
David Hatcher
Callum Witts
Craig Speed
 
Main Female contenders:
Jenny Davies
Nicole Shering
Isabel Evans
 
Main U12 boy contenders
Ryan Bunton
Charlie Deem
Harry Duncan
 
Main U12 girl Contenders
Lauren Bloom
Jollie Hoffman-Little
Niamh Thompson




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