As 2018 has arrived, it is a great moment to look back on last season and the beginning of this one.
The 2016/2017 season has been a great one for British speed skating. Multiple British records were broken, some multiple times. We had Cornelius Kersten, Gemma Cooper and Alison Bates qualify for the Senior World Cup. Ellia Smeding qualified fort the Neo Senior World Cup and Peter Riches, Samuel Airey and Jade Holborough-Kerkvliet for the junior World Cups. Peter also qualified for the Junior World Championships.
Then there was the 10km event held on 28 December in Leeuwarden with Clare Upton breaking the track record.
On top of that, all the trainingweekends had more skaters on the ice then last year, with 48 people attending the Christmas party on the 9th of December.
Picture by Stephen Airey
But above all, on 26th of November Ellia Smeding wrote a piece of history for British speed skating with becoming the first ever Brit to win a medal at a World Cup event. Not just any medal, but a gold medal in the mass start. She led the race from the beginning to the end. Ellia beat Russian skaters Veronika Suslova and Anastasiia Zueva, finishing with a time of 6:11.82.
Pictures courtesy of Ellia Smeding
Cornelius Kersten has also done extremely well this season with British records on the 500, 1000 and 1500m. Gemma Cooper beat the British record on the 3000m, with Peter Riches taking the Junior records on the 500, 1000 and 1500m.
With these exciting bits of news, it’s no wonder we are eagerly looking forward to the rest of the season. Some great races will be attended by our skaters.
The first training weekend of the new year will be on the 13th and 14th of January. Following that there will also be the Senior World Cup #3 on January 19th in Erfurt and the Junior World Cup #2 on January 27th in Innsbruck. We are looking forward to some exciting races!