Army Ice Sports Championships 2015

from our man on the mountain Tim Wakefield

Thin on snow but not on enthusiasm! La Plagne is playing host the Army’s Ice Championships with its challenging olympic track.  Some 19 daunting curves of 1.5km and a drop of 124m means the racers face the ultimate adrenalin rush as they get up to about 70mph!  Not for the feint hearted!  With a field spread from the old hand ‘seniors’  to the fledgling ‘novice’ with only a couple of weeks training it has been a thrill and huge challenge to race the course whether feet first in what can best be described as terrifying luge or the nose-scaling skeleton or the speed of a 2-man bob, it is an awesome spectacle!

Watch this awesome video of Cpl David Manning doing a skeleton bob training run

With the inevitable spills it created an open field as they all faced a two-run final.  Both the Skeleton (nose first!) and bobsleigh saw novice wins and only the hardened LCpl Harry Foulkes, putting in a stellar performance in the luge, produced a win for the seniors.

Novice Sam Banda (RA) won in the skeleton, he was looking a little bruised from bashing his face during training, and it was the partnership of Pte Jonathan Brown and Pte Ricky Wilde, both of 3 Para that took the honours in the Bobsleigh.   All the more impressive as the driver, Jonathan, has only two weeks training under his belt!   Sam said afterwards  —  I’m hooked!

Another great Team Army supported event and many thanks to our winter sports sponsors for enabling it to happen.

Winning Bob pair

Winning Bob pair

sam banda

Sam Banda

Hayley Larcombe

Hayley Larcombe proves it is not just a man’s game! She came a fantastic third in the overall mixed competition.