IAPS SKI RACE, GLENSHEE
On Thursday, eight senior enthusiastic skiers ventured North to Glenshee, for the IAPS Ski Race. Most years, this event is cancelled due to too much snow or not enough snow. This year, we managed to have a good covering of snow on the reserve date for the event.
Having left Belhaven on Wednesday after a variety of matches, the skiers headed as far as Perth where they were made very welcome by the Dewar family. An early start on Thursday (6am!) and we were kitted out and at the foot of the slopes by 9am, ready to meet our instructor for the day. Our instructor Kyle, took us out onto the slopes for some warm up skiing, and bearing in mind that many of the team had never raced and hadn't been skiing for at least a year, he led the team down some slopes, giving them some tips along the way about racing.
There were 84 competitors taking part and each skier had two runs. All the Belhaven skiers completed the first run in under a minute, which was pretty impressive given the poor visibility and snowy conditions.
Whilst waiting for the results, Kyle took the team for some further runs before heading down to the bottom of the slope for prize giving. As the results were announced we had fared pretty well - 4th place overall for the A team, 7th for the B team, Thomas finished in the top 10 fastest skiers, whilst Elisabeth was awarded the 2nd place medal for the U13 girls.
We had a very sleepy bus on our return, but there was a suggestion to run the mental maths test that the Form 1 pupils had missed! The team were rewarded for their efforts with a trip to Frankie and Benny's for tea!
Well done to all the skiers - you were great company for the day and skied brilliantly. Thank you also to the Dewar family for hosting us and organising the ski hire/instructors and also to Mrs Barlow and Mrs Wishart for joing us on the slopes.
The skiers weren't missing - they took a quick hot chocolate break!