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Scottish Indoor Alpine Championship by Neil McQuoid, Racer Ready

Zak Vinter

Zak Vinter and Nicole Ritchie show their class in winning the Scottish Indoor titles

British World Championship racer Zak Vinter showed his outstanding ability both on and off the slope in taking the win at the 2019 Scottish Indoor Championship in Glasgow at the weekend. Vinter was the class act on the slope in being comfortably fastest on both runs to win the Men’s Overall title by almost three quarters of a second from the nearest racer. Ross Nesbit and Adam Hall joined Vinter on the Scottish podium in finishing fourth and fifth overall. Ritchie, like Vinter in the men’s race, was fastest on both runs in the girls race. Holly McKey and Robyn Walker joined Ritchie on the Scottish podium.

While gremlins struck early on in the race, Vinter showed his presence in picking up a shovel and helping the coaches in preparing the courses for the racers. A huge shift was put in by the coaches to give the racers the best opportunity for some great racing. Despite being the highest ranked racer in the field it was great to see an athlete of Vinter’s stature helping out, something other athletes could learn from.

Ritchie gave the girls in the race something to aim for and the Glasgow Racing racer laid her cards firmly on the table in taking a six-tenths of a second lead out of the rest of the field on the first run. From then on, it was damage limitation for the rest!

Ritchie also took the Senior Age Group while Beth Whatford (Gordon Ski Racers) took the Under 21 title ahead of Eleanor Green (Aberdeen). Holly McKey placed third overall but took second place in the race for Scottish Athletes and fastest Under 18 in the Scottish field as well. Robyn Walker made it two Glasgow Ski Racing racers on the National podium with third place and taking second in the Under 18 category as well.

The Scottish Under 16 Girls race was a clean sweep for Glasgow Ski Racing as the title went to Ailsa Hay as she placed eighth overall with Taylor Langmuir taking runner up spot in the Scottish Age group with Lauren Rae third. Christina Dow produced a great performance to start 41 and finish in 12th as she took the Under 14 title ahead of Mia Donald (Lothian Ski Racing) and Joanne McKee (Bearsden Ski Racing).

Vinter was the only Scot on the Overall podium but Nesbit and Hall were pushed hard by Adam Hay and Fraser Hunter in the race for the Scottish podium places with just over six-tenths of a second separating the four racers. Adam Hall took the Under 21 title from Hay. The Under 18 Scottish podium saw Nesbit take the spoils ahead of Hunter with Scott McIntyre in third.

The Under 16 title went to Fraser Baggaley (11th Overall, Lothian Ski racing) with Ryrie Hodge (13th, Lothian Ski Racing) and Jamie Anderson (15th, Glasgow Ski Racing) joining him on the podium. The Under 14 spoils saw Lewis McKey (24th Overall, BSA) from Peter Gillies (29th, Snow Factor Racing) and Murdo Harrier (32nd, Muckhart and District). Stuart Gillies took the Masters win.

Grace and Isla Cameron took the Under 12 and Under 10 Scottish title in the Lassies race while Alex and Aaron McDonald took the Under 12 and Under 10 Scottish Bairns titles.

Full results are on gbski.com



(Photo of Zak Vinter by Racer Ready)


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