Wednesday, November 02, 2005
94 Skaters Online
Tatem Park, Enfield— London, UK
Sunday, May 18, 2003
Race Day Conditions
But it was predictably the South Woodham Ferrers club, the largest speed skating club in the country, that continued its dominance in the lower categories, sweeping all podium places in the Category 6 events, with Bethan King determinedly hauling back the other racers to take the 500m and the category victory. In Category 5 South Woodham also took the first two places with Gareth King placing first in both events, seconded by Joshua Morrison.
In Category 4 the Team e2xn London skaters faced a new challenge from David Butler of Team Verducci UK. In the 500m final he narrowly escaped being overhauled in the final straight when a clipped skate brought down Brian Thackray, Gary Derwent and Nick Grant in a painful end to their effort, and Joshua Chaplain-Barton of Wisbech Rollers and Kyna Foster (out of the Southgate club, Seattle, Washington) skated in for second and third. Nick Grant got up from his crash to finish in 4th place for his track debut. The 1,2,3 maintained their podium positions in the 1000m despite the effort of another Team e2xn London debutant, Alastair Johnston, who managed 4th. Katja Wolfheimer, like Alastair, eliminated in the 500m heats, followed him home strongly in the longer race.
In Category 3, Team e2xn London's David Ford began an eventful afternoon with an unplanned excursion on to the grass in-field of the track as he misjudged a pace line move in the 500m to finish last. Matthew Price of Ratae RSC took the win with Samuel Morrison of South Woodham second and James Ashby of Wisbech third. In the second race for the category the 1500m James used his tactical nous to take the win. Matthew Price finished second and took the category victory with Samuel Morrison in third place overall by the narrowest of margins, holding off a final surge to the line by David Ford by the diameter of a wheel. David had, however, left his mark on the category and will prove a formidable challenger in events to come. Etienne Bobenreith finished back of the placings in both races in this his track debut.
Team e2xn London's Gavin Pollock, still not recovered from his foot problems, struggled with the pace of the junior racers in Category 2, and it was Team Rollerblade who upset Team Verducci UK with a particularly strong performance from Jonathan Morrison to take both the 500 and 3000m from a subdued Daniel Henry with Rollerblade teammate Richard Webb in third.
With the absence of Team Verducci UK's Category 1 seniors (competing in the Roller World Cup at Rennes), the men in black from North London dominated a small field. Chris Amphaduh and Nick McKenzie swapped first and second places, easily outpacing veteran Adrian Wordsworth when they wanted to, with Nick taking category honours by nipping in to snatch the 5000m on the line.
In the later afternoon with spots of rain worrying some racers that they were in for a downpour, the Devils saw an expected 1,2,3 in Categories 5 & 6 with Gareth King taking his third win of the day, but Ratae's Collette Cronin keeping Gareth's South Woodham teammate, Joshua Morrison, out of second. The Category 3 & 4 Devil again went according to form with all Category 3 racers placing in front of those from Category 4. But David Ford surprised by leading out with 2 laps to go and holding on to take the first win for Team e2xn London in national track racing from a rapidly closing James Ashby of Wisbech Rollers and South Woodham's Samuel Morrison. The 5000m points race for Categories 1 & 2 combined was dominated by the North London racers who blew the pack apart when they put the hammer down on the first points lap. Nick McKenzie took the win after he and Chris Ampaduh swapped first and second several times to score their points, with Derby's Tom Baradell in third.
A friendly crowd saw a good day's racing, fortunate enough to miss the rain which seemed to fall everywhere but at Tatem Park.
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