The weather gods smiled on Huntly for the second time this year with perfect weather for roller ski racing. Just the right temperature and no rain!
We had a good number of entries this year with entrants from as far afield as Switzerland and a couple of spectators from Saskatoon Nordic (http://www.saskatoonnordicski.ca). It was particularly pleasing to see the service represented this year with entries from the Royal Engineers and RAF Nordic.
The results for the event are attached in the pdf below. It was great to see Cameron Cruickshank get with in 3 seconds of Andrew Musgrave’s course record.
Sunday saw the Scottish rollerski championship race, held on the Cairngorm ski road over various distances and run by CBNSC. Yet again the weather was kind to all who competed with clear skies and sunny conditions prevailing, creating good if perhaps a little hot, racing conditions.
By the end of the day, Huntly skiers had achieved considerable success and all those who took part skied with a determination and effort that they should be proud of!
The club now has the following Scottish rollerski champions amongst its ranks:
Scottish under 16 Boys Champion; Duncan Gibb
Scottish under 14 Boys Champion; Fergus Newman
Scottish under 14 Girls Champion; Lynne Gray
Scottish under 12 Boys Champion; Callum Cooper
Sorry about the photo Duncan, we didn’t have anything newer.
With temperatures on Thursday touching plus 10, the Clashindarroch trails have lost much of their snow. Although a compacted 5cm base was holding out gallantly here and there, there are long bare stretches. A few hundred metres survived on the Haute Route but even this was turning to slush, and the trail was running with meltwater. The Snowgoose and Timberline snowfields offered about 500 metres of continuous skiing on smooth but wet drift, but it’s a long walk to get there! A bit of a change from the past two Christmases, but there’s January and February to look forward to.
Good to hear the distant notes of the arriving snowmobile carried on the air this morning, Peter. I’ve reported the missing grit bin via the Council website. Found a piece of silver coloured plastic at the entrance at lunchtime. It looked like a battery cover from a large mobile phone, or similar device such a vehicle fuse box. I’ve left it on the post at the pole barrier.
So… even with tomorrow’s brief freeze it doesn’t look like there’s any real prospect of skiing over the next few days.
Report from Claire Newman
I have just done a quick recce up to the carpark at the Clash. There are road closed signs in Rhynie but they do say Cabrach on them as well. The roads are clear but there is still limited car parking space. It was also snowing/sleeting when I was there at 10.30. I am afraid I did not venture into the forest as I just did not have quite enough time.
The next race in the British Roller Ski Series will be at Hayes on Saturday 8th August, starting at 4:00 p.m. The format of this race will be 2 x 10 km (2 x 6 laps) pursuit. Both legs will be on Start Combis and racers must stop after the classic leg, remove the rollers, put them back on again and start the skate leg. Continue reading →