Exciting times for UK Longtrack!

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!

Christmas Weekends sees over 30 British skaters take to the ice!

Video Credit – Nick Spacey

Last weekend, Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th December, UK Longtrack held its annual Christmas party and training weekend.

With over 30 skaters in attendance, training took place at De Uithof in the Netherlands with Schaatstraining Advies & Begleding coach Jetske Wiersma (NL) and UK Longtrack coaches Piet Knip (NL), Nicole Knip (NL) and Tom Fell (GB), aided by coach trainee Clare Upton (GB).

The weekend was a great success with 7 new skaters racing their first 500m on Sunday morning, setting their first personal records and Johanco Veldsman taking 8 seconds off of his previous 500m personal record.

The skaters were joined by UK Longtrack supporters and the GB team for the Christmas meal in Kijkduin, 15 minutes from the rink.

Photo Credit: Marlinda Piek

Record breaking start to the season!

The long track season is now in full swing and GB’s skaters have been busy.

Ellia Smeding has set 3 new junior British records already in the 500m / 15oom and 3000m, whilst Sam Airey has set a new junior British record in the 1500m.

Ellia took 0.5 second off the 500m record, 2.75 seconds off of the 1500m record and a staggering 12 seconds off of the 3000m record a Sam has taken 1 second off the 1500m.

Congratulations to both, keep it up!

Come try Longtrack!

UK Longtrack will be holding an introduction weekend starting at 09:00 on Saturday 15th October and ending at 13:00 on Sunday 16th October.

The introduction weekend will be held at De Uithof, Jaap Edenweg, Den Hagg, Nederlands.

The weekend will include tuition (approximately 1 coach per 4 skaters), instructional lectures regarding the sport of longtrack, technique and training in the UK.

Food and accommodation are not included, however we can recommend local hotels that we have used regularly in the past.

85 EUR per person
Skate Hire – 20EUR
Competition Entry – 25EUR

Bookings are now open until September 18th.

Jan Dijkema elected president of the ISU

Jan Dijkema succeeds Italy’s Ottavio Cinquanta, who held the post since 1994. Dijkema won on the second ballot, defeating Hungary’s Gyorgy Sallak. Two other candidates, France’s Didier Gailhaguet and Britain’s Chris Buchanan, withdrew after the first round.

Dijkema, who plans to serve only a two-year team, was an ISU vice president for speedskating. Cinquanta also came from speedskating.

“You can’t make many changes in two years, but you can make it possible for the long term if you work hard,” Dijkema said. “Indeed, there will be maybe some changes compared with my predecessor, but two years is very short. I will do my utmost to make it possible.”

The new president promises to concentrate on marketing, digitalization and promotion. He also wants current skaters to have more input in decision making.

Members of the athletes’ commission will be elected during ISU events in the upcoming season. They will have full voting privileges for IOC policies.

“It is very important to have the athletes involved in the decision-making process,” Dijkema said. “On top of that, for the long-term future, to have the athletes involved in the structure of the ISU, it could be a good basis for future officials of the ISU. That they go through a process, learn how decision making is going on; I hope this will be a very good start for new, young people in the future for the ISU.”

Elected as vice presidents were Norway’s Tron Espelli for speedskating, and Russia’s Alexander Lakernik for figure skating.

Scott Anderson joins team FrySk

Scott has decided to join Phil and Ellia in Friesland. Scott will be joining Ellia in Team FrySk with head coach Siep Hoekstra.
“I met Siep and immediately decided this new environment would be great for me to develop both my technique and speed for this coming season. I’m really excited to be skating in The Netherlands and also be nearer to Phil” Scott explained. Good luck Scott !


Summer Ice!

UKLongtrack will be holding our first summer ice camp this year. Sat 27 and Sun 28th August.
4 x 1 hr ice sessions, off ice work, team building/social activities and hopefully a bike ride.
We have options with accomodation and food or just the camp.
Prices are 75Euro for the camp or 160 Euro including accomodation (Fri + Sat night) and food.

We are not able to arrange hire skates for this camp – so you will need to have your own skates.

Email to sign up before 19th July.