Stan Calvert 2017: Skiing

Posted by Charlotte Steele

Stan Calvert 2017: Skiing
Northumbria Skiiers Took The University's Overall Stan Calvert Lead to 29-9

Northumbria University Ski team celebrated victory over Newcastle in the Stan Calvert Cup as the holders opened up a 29-9 lead heading into the final day of 2017 competition.

The teams went head to head at Silksworth ski slope in Sunderland in a best-of-three relay race.

“They set two identical courses down and then it’s just the best of three,” said Northumbria captain Jack Bradford-Smith. “So you have two runs on each side and the third one is just the decider. But we won the first two so there was no need to do the last.

“It was all over pretty quickly to be honest. All of the tension and adrenaline of it made it go fast but the end result felt amazing.”

Northumbria went with a tried and tested quartet of Bradford-Smith, Andy Hall, Beth Widdup, Ben Charlton and Fraser Buchan.

“The performances from the whole team were really good,” added Bradford-Smith. “Fraser Buchan and Beth Widdup stood out for me particularly - they displayed an outstanding run.

The victory boosted the team’s morale but Bradford-Smith would like to see Northumbria start their races better.

“Maybe we could work on our starts out of the gate,” he added. “We weren’t the best at it today so we’re hoping to improve on that through more training. But overall it was a good performance from everyone.”

For now, Team Northumbria will be celebrating their well-deserved win over Newcastle which scooped up the university another point towards the Stan Calvert cup. 

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