Monday, March 14, 2005
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Tatem Park, Enfield— London, UK
Sunday, May 25, 2003
Race Day Conditions
In Category 4 the Team e2xn London skaters attempted to unsettle David Butler of Team Verducci UK by taking up a fast pace led by Eric Butruille early on in the 1500m. But Butler stuck to his task and emerged in the lead round the final bend followed by Joshua Chaplain-Barton (Wisbech Rollers) and Sara Wallis (South Woodham Ferrers). As Christophe Pointreau (Team e2xn London) went for the outside, challenging for 3rd place, a momentary error brought him down and team-mates Nick Grant (for the second week in succession!) and Katja Wolfheimer in his wake, allowing Butruille and myself in for 4th and 5th places. In the 3000m the longer distance strategy paid off with Pointreau, despite a heavily bandaged right leg and protected knee just failing to catch Butruille, who had skated strongly leading for most of the race, at the finish. Butler trailed them in for third, securing the overall category honours by a point.
In Category 3, Team e2xn London's David Ford was eager to consolidate on his success the week before and shadowed every move of James Ashby (Wisbech Rollers). Ashby took the win in the 1500m but Ford came through strongly to beat Samuel Morrison (South Woodham Ferrers) for second, with his team-mate Etienne Bobenrieth a much improved 4th. Ashby chose to skate the 3000m more cannily and in the early and middle stages of the race Ford found himself an unwilling line leader while Bobenrieth struggled to come to terms with the leading four which also included Matthew Price (Ratae) and Morrison. Ashby made a successful breakaway with 3 laps to go and though Ford was closing the gap at the finish it was to no avail. Price snatched third place but category honours went the way of the 1500m podium -- Ashby, Ford and Morrison.
Team e2xn London's Gavin Pollock made a better showing this week as his blisters continue to heal taking third in the 1500m just ahead of coach and mentor Dave Kelly skating for Team Belotti UK. Team Rollerblade's Richard Webb skated well to finish first ahead of his team-mate Jonathan Morrison. In the 5000m Team Rollerblade continued to impress with Morrison achieving a significant breakaway after the halfway point. As the other racers failed to respond Webb headed the paceline and was not challenged. As a result Morrison was able to increase his lead skating hard and eventually catch the paceline and lap it. In the ensuing sprint for the places Webb held off Stephen Ketteridge (Team Verducci UK) for second.
The anticipated battle between the North London and Team Verducci UK in Category 1 was diminished by the absence of Chris Stafford and Birmingham's Vincent Henry was left on his own to take on the men in black from the South. In the 1500m North London led by Adrian Wordsworth pressed the pace with a series of attacks which were difficult for Henry to combat. This left Chris Amphaduh to edge first place from team-mate Nick McKenzie, with Henry in third. The pattern was repeated in the 5000m with some intense charges by each of the North Londoners until Henry capitulated. MacKenzie took the win, and category honours, comfortably from Ampaduh, with Wordsworth in third.
In the late afternoon the age group category races began with a large field for the 12 and unders 1000m. A couple of comings together off the start thinned the field out quicker than had been anticipated. James Ashby (Wisbech Rollers) confirmed his supremacy taking the win from Samuel Morrison and an imroving Billy Moore of South Woodham Ferrers. The 13 to 17 2000m also went more or less according to form with Richard Webb securing the win in front of his Team Rollerblade partner Jonathan Morrison, with Stephen Ketteridge of Team Verducci UK in third. In the Senior Ladies 3000m, run concurrently with the Veterans 3000m, Katja Woflheimer of Team e2xn London hung on for third place despite the stiffness she encounterred following her wipe out in an earlier race. Chanelle Moore showed a clean pair of heels to her South Woodham team-mate Naomi Palmen-Bailey to take the win. In the Veteran's event Dave Kelly of Team Belotti UK was a comfortable winner followed in by Nick Grant and myself from Team e2xn London. In the Senior Men's 5000m vincent Henry from Team Verducci UK took his revenge, winning from Nick McKenzie and Chris Amphaduh of North London. Team e2xn London's seniors, Gavin Pollock, David Ford, Etienne Bobenrieth, Eric Butruille and Gary Derwent, all used the race to gain experience for their future competitions.
A couple of friendly rat races for non-licenced skaters completed the day's activities. A great and supportive crowd stayed on for the awards ceremony and our post-event team briefing immediately suggested that we try to squeeze into the schedule an extra Team e2xn London track meeting before the end of the season.
Age Group Racing
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