On the final day of the Delancey British National Alpine Senior & Junior Championships 2017, the overall National Junior Championship (NJC) titles were decided after two snowy slalom runs, whilst the British Parasnowsport athletes also tackled the tricky slalom course for their second and final race of the IPCAS British Championships.
After competing in Downhill, Super G, GS and Slalom, the overall British NJC titles went to the in-form Iain Innes, with Billy Major in second and Zak Vinter in third. For the women, Under 18 athlete Abi Bruce took the title, beating off challenges from Under 21 athletes Jessica Anderson and Honor Clissold.
Iain Innes said: “I’ve really enjoyed this week, and overall, I’m happy with how I’ve done. I started well at the beginning of the week, but then I made mistakes in both the Giant Slaloms. I still scored points and placed well, so I’m thrilled. I’m racing on Monday in Val Thorens at the Belgian Championships. It’s filled me with confidence and I’m hopeful I can go and do a good job.”
Abi Bruce said: “I’m really happy with how the week has gone, although it could have gone better in some disciplines. Today is one that could have gone a little better, but I’m not going to beat myself up about it because obviously I’ve done well in the Super G and Downhill. It’s been an awesome season, it’s my first year of being a FIS skier and I couldn’t have asked for a better year, to be honest. Training has been amazing and my school have been so supportive to allow me to come out here all the time.”
In the Men’s National Junior Championship Slalom, Billy Major looked impressive in the snowy conditions as he clocked two solid times to finish in an overall time of 1.34.82 and claim the Under 21 title. With Laurie Taylor skiing out in the first run and Zak Vinter in the second run, it was left to Iain Innes to take second place in an overall time of 1.38.99. Third place went to Royal Engineers skier Duncan Kuwall in a time of 1.44.77.
Major said: “I guess I am happy, it’s obviously always nice to win. The conditions were really tough. I don’t mind it when it is like this because I am used to it. It wasn’t good skiing, but in the end it got the job done.”
In the Under 18 Men’s category, Scott Buchan topped the Championships podium again to take the title in a time of 1.46.86 with Jack O’Neill (1.48.80) behind him in second place. Third place went to Leone Tarantelli in a time of 1.49.03.
Scott Buchan said: “I am really happy with today. It was tricky and rough with the new snow, but I was really happy to stick it in the finish. I have had a great week, and it is nice to finish with more than one podium.”
After the tricky slalom conditions claimed many of the racers, the fastest Under 21 was Honor Clissold, claiming the British NJC Slalom title in an overall time of 1.49.10. In second place behind Clissold in the Under 21 category was Zoe Karavasili (2.07.11), with Maxine Hancock (2.07.91) in third place.
Honor Clissold said: “I’m happy that I got down the hill, because I class that as an achievement in itself given how tough this course was. It has been a really good week for me. I was a bit disappointed on Saturday with my Giant Slalom because it’s my best discipline and I didn’t manage to finish, but there have been some really good bits of the week that I can take away as positives.”
In the Ladies Under 18 category, Alicja Krahelski (1.47.08) reigned supreme again to take the British title and clock the fastest British time in the race, just ahead of close rival Abi Bruce who finished inan overall time of 1.49.65. Third place went to Hannah Loeffen Gallagher (1.54.78).
Alicja Krahelski said: “I’m really happy with this one, but it was definitely challenging for me. I’m so happy to get another podium place, and it has definitely reassured me that I can still achieve because I haven’t been skiing much throughout the season. It’s been quite a good Championships for me, I’ve enjoyed it a lot and I’ve managed to claim some titles, so I’m a happy girl.”
In the second IPCAS British National Championships race, the Parasnowsport athletes tackled the slalom course in equally challenging conditions.
In the Women’s Visually Impaired GS, Menna Fitzpatrick alongside guide Jennifer Kehoe claimed their second victory of the Championships, with an impressive time on the snowy course. In the Men’s Visually Impaired classification, James Luetchford and guide Alice Luetchford put in two solid runs to stave off the challenge of Michael Kear and his guide Jimmy Nutt, who were in the lead after the first run, but had a fall on run two.
Menna Fitzpatrick said: “Our first run was really good. The snow came in a bit for our second run, but we still enjoyed it. We were pleased with our time and of course the win. The course was well prepared and we just had a really good time!”
James Luetchford said: “We made a mistake on the first run, but after that I think that is the best slalom skiing we have done. The last slalom we did, we didn’t finish it, so it was great to finish and then to get the win was amazing. Two wins at the British Champs has been a great end to the season.”
In the Women’s Standing race, Grace Murray-Conway again took the win against her rival Molly Griffith, and in the Men’s Standing race James Whitley claimed his second British title of the Championships ahead of Jack Peters and Andy Barlow.
Grace Conway-Murray said: “It has been a good day for sure. I have done better than I thought I would do, and I am just really happy to have skied the best I could. It is a very enjoyable end to the season, I am so happy to have won and I hope I can just take this form forward.”
James Whitley said: “I am really pleased to take the win today, and also pleased to get down! It was a challenging course today. I made a couple of mistakes, but I am pretty happy. You have to put the course conditions out of your mind, and just tough it out.”
Full results from today are on the British Ski and Snowboard website:
And the Overall British NJC results:
Tomorrow sees the start of the Delancey British National Alpine Children’s Championships, with action kicking off with Under 16 Slalom.
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