Norris and Hallett win again in Manchester

What a difference 24 hours can make! While some racers went away from the opening Indoor Club National of the summer a little despondent with their performances, others raised their game and came back to the slope with renewed vigour. While both Georgia Hallett and Kieran Norris stood on the top step of the podium for the second day in a row, the competition for places on the Overall podium was just as exciting and competitive for the remaining places. 

Georgia Hallett had faught off the challenge of Nicole Shering in the first race, in the second race of the weekend, Amanda Alldridge provided the competition. Hallett took the first run with a comfortable lead of over a quarter of a second with Alldridge in second ahead of Shannon Potter and Nicole Shering, the difference between Potter and Shering being just one hundredth of a second.

With the second run start list reversed, Potter was first off and she posted a challenging target for the rest to go for. Next down of the leading racers was Alldridge and she posted a slightly faster time that put her in the lead overall. Hallett matched Potter’s time exactly but she had enough in reserve to hold on to the win and when Nicole Shering, last down, dropped off the pace a little, the podium stayed as it was after the first run. Kirsten Walton took fifth overall.

There were age group wins for Maisie Jefferson (U14, 9th Overall); Shannon Potter (Under 16, 3rd Overall); Nicole Shering (Under 18, 4th Overall); Georgia Hallett (Under 21, Overall Winner)’ Amanda Alldridge (Senior, 2nd Overall) and Karen Coles (Masters).

Kieran Norris had given the rest of the field a lesson and a wake up call in the previous days race. Some racers had gone away and realised that their skiing had not been up to scratch and the new day saw improved performances from the likes of Sam Carson and Declan Huppach. Carson is a talented racer that given the opportunity and training could follow in the footsteps of other prominent racers from the area. Carson was second fastest on both runs to take sit behind Norris Overall.

Thomas Rascagneres took third overall with some strong racing that saw him edge out Huppach by hundredths on both runs. Norris’s performances over the weekend gave the younger racers an idea of what they need to do and Carson, Rascagneres and Huppach were all keen to learn from how Norris approached the race. Cameron Brown took fifth overall but his second run saw him post a very competitive time that edged him closer to those ahead of him. With Robert Holmes and Oliver Weeks tieing for sixth place, both will have realised just how tight the racing will be this summer!

There were age group wins for Lucas Ellis (Under 14); Robert Holmes (U16, sixth overall); Sam Carson (Under 18, 2nd Overall); Cameron Brown (Under 21, 5th Overall), Kieran Norris (Senior, Overall winner) and Alex Molliex (Masters).

Kieran Wooley made it two wins from two over the weekend in the boys race ahead of Kayne Stanway and Charlie Quinn while Amber Fennell took the girls race ahead of Anna Kamaly-Asl and Holly Tutt.

Manchester CN Results

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