With the unprecedented capacity of 300 racers for the event met with 2 months left until the closing date, the day promised to be a busy one. Over 50 schools were represented and the junior schools were queuing outside the Snowcentre at Hemel waiting for the 08.15 opening to the teams whilst the organisers were setting up for the first race of the day, the junior schools event.
With everything in place, the start was delayed by 15 minutes as schools travelling from distances were caught in traffic and were allowed to arrive and get organised.
The junior race, with 158 on the start list, was completed just after midday with placings coming from the fastest run of 2. The field was a mix of abilities and experience from first time racers through to athletes who compete on the UK circuit regularly. Some notable times were put in by Max Fairfull (The Hall School) and Abbie Parker (St Pauls C of E) to take fastest boy and girl respectively but the race was all about the school teams event and these trophies were won by The Hall School A in the boys category, Littlegarth School A in the girls and Chesham Prep in the mixed category.
Prizes were presented by Olympian Aimee Fuller who was brought along by Caxton FX
Then it was onto the afternoon and a new course of full gates with age groups from U14-U21 and some exciting racing with fastest times coming from Nicole Shering (The Burgate School) and The Cavendish Schools Byron Appleton. Some notable performances across the teams brought success for Millfield A in the Boys, Surbiton A in the girls and Solihull School in the mixed category.
Building on the continued popularity of this great schools ski racing event, next year, this event may have to be split across two days to accommodate demand and there will be a northern BISS champs in order to allow further schools to participate.
Any schools looking to Start or find additional training for their school teams can contact BISS for help with this on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Results for this years BISS Indoor Champs, Sponsored by Caxton FX can be found here.
Picture Credit Caxton FX