Roller Ski News – 28th November 2007

There's a Christmas holiday feel to rollerskiing in December. The Hyde Park courses finish this week, but there is still much rollerskiing to be done before the year's out.

6 times winter Olympian, Mike Dixon, is coming to do a talk and rollerski masterclass on Saturday 15th December, the London Region Nordic Ski Club has its famous 'Gluhwein Tour' on Saturday 1st and Eurosport's biathlon coverage begins this week.

Our last Dorney course of 2007 (with both beginners and intermediate / advanced groups) is on Sunday 9th, and meanwhile our class sessions in Hyde Park and Richmond Park continue - suitable for all.

MIKE DIXON DAY - a highlight of our year, 6-times GB winter Olympian and generally inspirational character, Mike Dixon is coming down from Scotland, for a rollerski masterclass and talk. Although his rollerski class is now full (it sold out before I got a chance to send this email), there is still space at his talk, for more details see

SKI MARATHON TRAINING TIPS - from Patrick Winterton, Mike's fellow Eurosport commentator. These are well worth a look if you're considering an attempt at ski racing. See -

CHRISTMAS PRESENT IDEAS - if you're struggling for Christmas present ideas we suggest you give a friend or family member a rollerski class or course. A very good way to lose the festive calories. Or alternatively, drop a hint re your own Christmas present!

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Our shop is well stocked with rollerski equipment - including boots and poles which can be used on snow.

ROLLERSKIING IN THE NEWS - we're always trying our best to promote rollerskiing and cross-country skiing, and recently had a journalist from thelondonpaper, a free paper in London, out to give it a try. See - for his thoughts.

DORNEY COURSES - our last Dorney course of the year is on Sunday 9th December - see Congrats to all who made November's course and braved the rain. I have been assured the weather will be fine in December!

VASALOPPET VIDEO @ MITRE - Paddy Field, LRNSC Chairman, kindly gave me a DVD of last year's Vasaloppet (in English!). If anyone would like to see it, I suggest a Christmas trip to the Mitre pub on Saturday 8th December after training, to be combined with lunch. The DVD is about an hour long, so no overload.


This will continue for the next couple of weeks in Highgate - well done to Yvonne, Marne, Tim, Catherine, Alan, Helen, Jonathan (almost), Henriette, Laura and Jessica - for making it up the hill.

GLUHWEIN TOUR OF RP - the London Region Nordic Ski Club's tour of Richmond Park takes place this Saturday at 4PM. They have asked for all who are coming to sign up as members (for insurance reasons) - if you sign up for membership now, you will be covered for the remainder of 2007 and the whole of 2008. The club produces a very good newsletter, and runs an excellent series of rollerski races and tours. More information on the event and joining can be found on their website,

STOCKELD PARK - XC ski trail.

If you are in Yorkshire, why not check out Stockeld Park's 1200m artificial cross-country ski trail - the first in England. See

DANIEL - Ski boots

Daniel Wallis has asked me to mention that he has a pair of size 45 / 9.5 Salomon skating boots for sale. Any reasonable offer considered, he has worn them only once or twice. Contact Daniel directly on

SNOW - in Europe

The snow arrived in force a couple of weeks ago in Europe, and the good news it has stayed in many parts – see

MARY WRAY - nordic walking and weeks for Exodus

Mary Wray's been busy establishing herself as one of London's most prominent nordic walking instructor, with unrivalled cross-country ski experience. For more information on her courses in Hyde Park see - Mary will be leading for Exodus / Waymark in Kvitavatn in February.

Best of luck with rollerskiing / skiing and see you soon,

All the best,

Iain Ballentine
Roller ski instruction & rollerski shop

M: 07968 286129
T: 020 8348 2540

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