Roller Ski News - 10th May 2007

Plenty of training, racing, club and miscellaneous news this month.
Read on...


Our first 4-week course at Dulwich Park in South London begins next Tuesday (15th May). We’d encourage anyone interested in learning or improving their skiing to join this course, on one of the best stretches of tarmac in London.

This will probably be the only course we will do in Dulwich this year (due to the challenges of getting sufficient people to such an obscure place).

To book, go to


We’ll be running a Dorney course on 27th May and another one on 10th June. Alan Eason will now be around until the beginning of June, and so he will be leading a ‘Level 2’ group again on 27th May.

To book any of these sessions, see


Have a go at rollerski racing this Sunday, at the London RNSC’s 15k / 5k free technique (ie any rollerskis will do!) rollerski race at Hillingdon Cycle Circuit, West London (nr J3 of the M4). All are welcome, young and old, novice or gnarly veteran. See for more details.


We’ve also secured the services of Alan Eason to take our Saturday morning ‘Club Sessions’ in May, while he’s still in the country. Each week we have a good 2-hour training session, suitable for anyone who can rollerski pretty well (skating technique). These sessions focus both on skills and physical training.

We’re inviting skiers along on Saturday 19th or 26th to a free ‘Open Day’ club session, so you can join in with our training activities. You can do a technique-focused session, or a training group. The session is free, but we will encourage you to join our year-round programme - more information on which can be found at


I’ve just received a copy of the latest ‘Ultra-Fit’ magazine (Volume 17, Issue 4), which has an excellent 5-page article on rollerskiing. It should be on sale now (or very soon) in all good newsagents, and is well worth getting hold of.


An article on biathlon’s amazing TV popularity in the UK, and translating this into British biathlon success -


The Wessex Biathlon and Nordic Ski Club (England’s only civvy biathlon club), and the London Nordic Ski Club (England’s largest Nordic ski club), are running a joint rollerski tour from Bath-Bristol. This will take place on Saturday 19th May and more information can be found on the club’s website - note that this is only for members of the LRNSC or the WBNSC.

For pictures of our recent Bristol-Bath tour, see


The Wessex BNSC is going from strength to strength these days. The club has recently announced the start of regular rollerski training sessions at Castle Combe motor racing circuit in Wiltshire. More information can be found via the club’s website,


This summer we plan to introduce rollerskiing to over 100 teenagers taking part in Eton College’s summer residential rowing courses. Rollerskiing will be an evening activity for kids to try, to give them a break from rowing and sculling.

Cross-country skiing has great links with rowing. Not only was it used by GB’s ‘Oarsome Foursome’ Olympic winning four (Regrave, Pinsent, Cracknell, Foster) as winter training, but it’s incredibly popular as a cross-training activity among German rowing clubs. Many of the entrants to races such as the Engadin ski marathon, are German rowers who finish a XC ski training camp with a race. It was Juergen Grobler the former East German rowing coach who introduced cross-country skiing to the GB national team and, although now a popular form of training among elite sportsmen and women in the UK, it hasn’t yet caught on among club level athletes.

We hope this will be a good introduction for the kids to the world of cross-country skiing, and will broaden the appeal of the sport.   


Rollerskiing once again appeared as a demonstration event at the Balmoral Road Races in Scotland this year, with kids from the Scottish clubs (Huntly and Cairngorm) taking on kids from a Norwegian club.

The Brits put in a good performance, and managed to beat the Norwegians this year in a team relay. Congrats to all involved. See bottom of for a short race report, care of the Huntly club.


I recently came across the website of Al Dargie, co founder of the Cairngorm Biathlon and Nordic Ski Club, and a former national ski racer. It’s full of opinions on cross-country skiing, and I spotted a particularly interesting musing on the last international GB rollerski team, which was disbanded just before the turn of the century:


And finally, a word of congratulation to Anine Leakey and her Australian pals John, David, Angela, Sheri and Pip who took part in the famous Skarverennet in Geilo, Norway last month. Anine, whose mother is Norwegian but who grew up in Australia, had done some XC skiing as a kid, but the rest of the group didn’t know what they were letting themselves in for!

A good few classic rollerski sessions in Hyde Park, and a weekend’s training in Sjusjoen was all the preparation needed, and team members successfully completed either the full or shorter race. In Anine’s own words:

“We all made Skarverennet!!! It was hard, but an excellent day. The weather was amazing and the people were all absolutely amazed none of us had ever done it before”.

To take part in next year’s race see,

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Iain Ballentine
Roller ski instruction & cross-country skiing

M: 07968 286129
T: 020 8348 2540

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