On Monday 26th September The Grove School Ski race team headed to Hemel Hempstead for the British Independent Schools Ski Racing Championships 2016. The team of Sophie Hartley-Wiley, Henry Otto Lorenz, Sophy Pearce, Caitlin Hendry and Alice Alder were very excited to get warmed up and were on the slope by 9am and at 9.30am carrying out a course inspection ready to race at 10am. They all got 2 runs of the course and their fasted time was recorded for the results table.
Henry went first recording an impressive run of 16.73 seconds, as our most experienced racer he got the team off to a great start. Caitlin went next followed by Sophy who both secured good times. Sophie and Alice skied last for The Grove and unfortunately both missed a gate in their first run but came off smiling and ready for their second run.
There was a short break before the second run and we discussed how we would attack the course for the second run to try and improve on our times. Henry, Sophy and Caitlin all put in great second runs but didn’t quite manage to improve on their first run times. Alice put in a huge effort on her second run and just missed one of the gates so sadly didn’t qualify a time. Sophie Hartley-Wiley had a brilliant second run managing to make all the gates and securing a impressive time in the U8 competition, so we just had to wait for the results.
After a long wait the results were in and Sophie Hartley-Wiley had come 3rd winning a Bronze medal. The other children all achieved great places in large competitions with over 30 children in most age categories. As a team we finished in 9th place out of 18 mixed teams a great achievement considering we had some of the youngest skiers on the day.
For most of our team this was their first ever competitive ski race and some children only recently joined the race squad, well done to everyone for taking part. This was a great experience for all of us, and we look forward to taking part in the next ski race.
Sophie Hartley-Wiley - 3rd - 20.16s
Henry Otto Lorenz - 10th - 16.73s
Sophy Pearce - 11th - 19.54s
Caitlin Hendry - 23rd - 19.91s
Mixed Team - 9th