The field may not have been huge but the determination from the leading racers was there in bundles. Both Chris Corr and Jenny Davies admitted to slight nerves after the first run as they lead but held their nerve to win their first All England titles. The odd rain fall did not dampen the excitement of the day despite the long journey for most of the racers. …
With the first run set by Richard Lambden accounting for a lot of the leading female racers of the summer including Georgia Hallett and Sarah Lambden, Jenny Davies stole a march on the rest of the field to have a healthy three tenths lead. The Jackson sisters Millie (second) and Lois (third) filled the other leading positions with Annie Usher and Lauren Vale completing the top five after the first run.
In the boys race, Chris Corr held the lead from Declan Huppach with a return to racing on plastic by Ashley Hill taking third. Harry Hornsby took fourth after the first run with local Rory Farren in fifth. While the top girls had crashed out, the top boys had learnt from this. With just over half a second covering the first five after the first run, there was all to play for on run two.
A delay due to an accident by one of the forerunners and a long wait for an ambulance. A horrendous knee injury saw him taken off to hospital having waited over an hour for the ambulance to arrive. Despite the wait, the new management of the Silksworth centre did their best to make him comfortable as rain threatened.
The second run saw both Davies and Corr hang on to their leads to record their first All England titles. Both racers admitted to slight nerves as they stood in the start gate. Corr, the very last racer down on the day, was second in the race last year but this year withstood the pressure of Declan Huppach to capture the title.
For Davies, this was a title that she has always wanted and was thrilled to capture a title won in the past by the likes of Jo Ryding, Shanna Prince and Jayme Baggio. To finish first, first you have to finish is the old adage and this was definitely true.
Both Jackson sisters used home slope knowledge to the best effect to stand on the podium with Aldershot’s Jenny Davies: Lois dropping to third with older sister Millie in second, five hundredths separating the two sisters.
Support from Dynastar Lange, Komperdell and main supporters Ski Racing Supplies gave the event some much needed and welcome support from the industry as well as allowing the racers to approach discuss in a relaxed environment with Scott Dobson from Dynastar Lange in the UK and the staff from Ski Racing Supplies.
Despite cutting his hand badly prior to the first run, Ashley Hill was taking part in his first dry slope since last winter. Hill, in his final year at Northumbria University studying accountancy, borrowed ski to take part yet showed he can still mix it with the current crop of racers. Although he slipped to fourth overall, Hill enjoyed the experience.
Harry Hornsby recovered from a disappointing first run to jump onto the podium despite having no answer to the speed of either Corr or Huppach. Biggest rise up the field was by Tom Hudson, from a start number of 43 to tenth Overall.
With few racers from the rest of the UK making the trek to Sunderland, maybe it is now time to look at the format of the All England race weekend. Would a double header race weekend be better and attract more racers from around the UK? Change is definitely needed and ideas are welcomed.
There were age group wins in the Men’s race for Josef Huppach (Under 14 – 12th overall); Oliver Weeks (Under 16 – 7th Overall); Decland Huppach (Under 18 – 2nd Overall); Chris Corr (Under 21 – Race winner); Harry Hornsby (Senior – 3rd Overall) and Mark Hawkins (Master – 8th Overall).
In the Women’s race there were age group wins for Eleanor Scrannage Harrison (Under 14 – 7th Overall and just in front of Eleanor Eaves, a first year racer); Lois Jackson (Under 16 – 3rd Overall); Millie Jackson (Under 18 – 2nd Overall); Jenny Davies (Under 21 and Overall Race Winner) and Emily Goddard (Senior – 6th Overall).
Picture: Chris Corr on his way to winning the All England at Silksworth Ski Slope, Sunderland. Credit Racer Ready – all rights reserved.
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