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The English Indoor Ski and Snowboard Cross Championships took place at the weekend with a new and exciting format for racing. NEW

There's increasing interest in the event in the UK and more than 70 skiers and snowboarders took to the course at Snozone, Castleford.

They represented a mix of experience and youth.

A round robin format was used to determine the semi-finalists.

This meant the athletes raced more head to head heats than in previous years, giving them invaluable race experience against a range of different competitors.

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Some of the UK's top riders were on show representing GBX, Cross Snowsports and Para Snowsport GB.

There was also a strong contingent of riders from the successful sponsored rider programme from The Snow Centre at Hemel Hempstead.

Our editor chatted to GB's number 1 Ski Cross athlete, Emily Sarsfield, earlier this summer in Les2Alpes:


The day kicked off with the snowboarders.

Gillian Finnerty won five of her six races to win the overall ahead of Mae Hodgson and Fraya Williams.

In the men's race, the experienced Kyle Wise came through some tough races to take home his fifth English Snowboard Cross title just ahead of Bradley Gaulter. Alex Kennedy finished third.

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All the women were racing against each other making for 10 heats of racing.

Grace Harrison was the stand out performer winning all her races to take the overall title ahead of Isobel Lincoln and Maisie Morgan.

With a large turnout in both the men's Open and U16 categories, there was some exciting racing.

Tommy Dade became overall English champion beating Nicholas Bingham in the final. Joel Marsh rounded off the podium in third place.

"We were delighted that the new format went down well with the athletes," Ian Findlay, Talent Lead at Snowsport England said.

"We wanted to give them more experience of head to head racing and that was achieved.

"Over 200 individual heats of racing took place and that required a great effort from the athletes, volunteers and Snozone who kept the course in great shape all day long.

"Thanks to Snozone, Castleford for their support in the build up and during the event."

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