Carpet Burn Cup: Round Five – Slalom

13 Apr
the junior female ski medallists

the junior female ski medallists

The moguls competition of Round Four had seen an unprecedented turnout for a timed racing event at Garthdee, and last week’s Slalom aimed to build on that. Sure enough, by 5pm the Dendix slope was jumping with eager groms. A few new faces from Rebecca Eccles’ Sunday Kids Club had come down especially to make their competitive skiing debut. As always, the junior competition didn’t disappoint. Rebecca Morrison’s dominance in the Under-16 girls’ snowboarding competition was finally interrupted by Lieke Rolvers, who took 1st place. Rebecca deserves a special mention though, for completing the course with a broken thumb. Rowan Cameron put on a brave face after a nasty brush with the Dendix to finish 3rd in the male boarding, with Emmet Strachan taking another win.

 

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the junior male snowboard medallists

 In the junior male skiing event, less than 0.2 seconds separated 2nd and 5th place. However, Culum Smith finished over a second ahead of the rest of the pack. For the girls, the Still girls dominated once more, Ella edging out sister Ruby by less than half a second.

 

the sensior male snowboard medallists

the senior male snowboard medallists

After the kids’ prizegiving, the adults took to the course. Natalie Riley extended her lead at the top of the female snowboard table, fending off the new competition of Ann-Katrin Richardz. Boardercross champion and heavy favourite Matt Gibson was nowhere to be seen, leaving the door open for any number of shredders to take the gold. As a result, tensions were high, and Carpet Burn Cup organiser Nicol Paton attempted to lighten the mood with a breeks-down run. The only thing more surprising than the frilly woman’s knickers he was sporting was the fact that his run comfortably took 1st place.

 

For the first time in the series, the number of adult skiers was comparable to the number of boarders. Among the newcomers were several that had come from a racing background, so the standard was bound to be high. In the female skiing, Carrie Will took the honours, edging out Rebecca Eccles by one hundredth of a second. In the hotly contested male event, Gilbert Runcie showed consistent speed but finished 3rd behind Roddy Hamilton and Mark Hall. Craig Donald, skiing his first slalom course after over a year of injury, grabbed an impressive 4th place.

 

Only one event to go, and most categories are coming right down to the wire. The senior male ski and snowboard tables are both very tight, and Emmet will still need a strong result in the last event to stay on top of the junior male snowboard table. The main one to watch, though, is junior male ski. Grant Donald, James Samson and Angus Jacobs were all absent from the slalom, allowing Smiths Jamie, Euan and Culum to close the gap. The big surprise is that Keilan Bremner now sits joint top of the leaderboard, despite being only 6 years old. Can he do enough to edge out the others and take the Cup? Make sure you’re down to the Quarter Slaughter on the 22nd April to find out….

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