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We love to hear about people’s skating experiences and any other skating information – if you have anything you would like to share from giving your support to a team to any skating news – please leave us a comment…

On 2nd February 2013 at 14:43, Colin Roney wrote:
I have a pair of reasonable speed skates but I require some boots to fit.
I`ve had look at some of the Dutch sites and they seem to be very expensive.
I notice that ice hockey skates are very much cheaper.Do you know of anyone who has sucessfuly fitted speed skates to an ice hockey boot?
I look forward to hearing from you.
Kind regards


On 22nd January 2013 at 13:09, Ian McNally wrote:
Just popped over to Earith to look at conditions there. Ice quite fragile at edges, but will support my weight 10′ in. Didn’t skate for fear of causing damage, maybe tomorrow?


Club Messages
We love to hear about people’s skating experiences and any other skating information – if you have anything you would like to share from giving your support to a team to any skating news – please leave us a comment…
On 2nd February 2013 at 14:43, Colin Roney wrote:
I have a pair of reasonable speed skates but I require some boots to fit.
I`ve had look at some of the Dutch sites and they seem to be very expensive.
I notice that ice hockey skates are very much cheaper.Do you know of anyone who has sucessfuly fitted speed skates to an ice hockey boot?
I look forward to hearing from you.
Kind regards
On 22nd January 2013 at 13:09, Ian McNally wrote:
Just popped over to Earith to look at conditions there. Ice quite fragile at edges, but will support my weight 10′ in. Didn’t skate for fear of causing damage, maybe tomorrow?
On 17th December 2012 at 14:23, David Williams wrote:
Hi,

I recently came back from seeing a friend over in Gothenburg and although there were warm temps on sat (~1 degC) and a fair amount of snow this warmth continued into sunday (~2/3 deg C). This warmer temperature meant that the snow melted off Stora Härsjön near Härryda and the crystal clear water ice was under a thin covering of water. They’d had a good spell of 2 weeks solid minus temps. It was mostly 4in or so thick and there were only a few areas where narrowing of the lake meant a crack had formed across (impassable).

We both had all saftey gear needed, safety lines, ice picks and spare clothing. There were only about 3 other people out on the lake during the course of the day and we spent an enjoyable hour doing a circuit of the lake (about 9km) before stopping at a shoreside shelter to meet up with our respective pregnant other halves for lunch. After this we again went out for a further hour to go back round the lake and meet up back at the car.

A throughly enjoyable day out. I hope that the freeze can continue in the fens this winter.

David


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Norway House, 8/5/2013, still occupied, a few miles down the Bedford bank, off the beaten track.
World Champion, James Scott, built this out of the proceeds of selling hagen skates.
Races and other information will be posted here.

For information about membership to the Fenland Skating Centre you can contact:
Alan White on 01354 680498 the centre’s treasurer.

Please note that Welney skating club has free skate hire for all who would like to use them providing they are returned the same day.

13-11-13
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Landscape Magazine Fen Skaters Article

08-02-12

Annual General Meeting of the Fen Centre Sunday 19th Feb at 3pm Sutton Village Hall

11-02-11

Calling all fen skaters – young and old – good and a bit wobbly! Sheffield Speed Skating Club are holding a carnival of events whilst the the World Short track speed skating Championships are being held. The carnival kicks off on Friday 11th March so get your skates on!

28-01-11

Has anyone got a photo or knows where to find one of the Anderson road skates made by RA Anderson and Son of Edinburgh? We have a photo (see below) of James Smart wearing road skates – but we don’t know who the maker is. It is known that Mr Smart did wear Anderson skates as it says in this article www.ihjuk.co.uk/halloffame/wPollock.html – but it would be great to know for sure if the skates in this photo were Anderson road skates. If anyone knows anything about this, could you please contact us.

10-01-11 Ice skates for sale. Call Keith Miller (Wimblington, Nr March) on 01354 740 666 or John Cousins on 07967 568 321. Keith has selection of speed and figure skates, new and used, a variety of sizes available. John has a good selection of hockey and speed skates sizes 4 – 12. 14-12-10 A search for skates – Can you help? Roger Giles is searching for close up photos of Victorian ‘Road Skates’ as used in training by world champion speed skater, James Smart. James’s Grandson is a dear friend of Roger’s and is in the process of putting together an archive of the Smart family sporting history. If anyone out there has a pair of these skates that you wouldn’t mind being photographed, or alternatively already have some photos that you wouldn’t mind sharing, could you please get in touch with Roger via Giles Landscapes? Thank you.

26-05-10 One of our regular skaters at Welney, Adam Giles has stored his skates away for the summer to follow the Globebusters (www.globebusters.com) a motorcycling expedition from the UK to Beijing. 15 motor bikes have now reached Kashgar, after having only just managed to get out of Krygystan and into China. The pass (4500m) they had to cross was almost impassable! Eleven motorcycles fell 40 times, the snow was four feet high either side of the pass and if a bulldozer hadn’t of been they would have had to camp out or return. 27-04-10 Below are some photos from the race at Bury Fen eariler this year, including Adam Giles racing Gary Evison (Gary is now a Silver medal British In Line Skater!) and Malcolm Robinson being interviewed by July Ranger. “It is great to see these fen traditions being handed from one generation to another, the Pearsons an old farming family from 100ft bank welney had several generations of skaters on the ice pictured below.” Roger Giles

24-02-10 For news about skating on aboard try http://www.speedskater-kriterium.de/en

RACE RESULTS FROM 9th/10th Jan 10

10-01-10 Fun Skating at Earith, unfortunately the snow had made the ice soft and had started to become slushly around the edges so the racing had to called off for safety reasons. We would like to say a big thank you to Malcolm Robinson and all those involved making this weekends fun and racing at Bury Fen possible.

Results from Whittlesey:

We had members of GB team down and although they were unable to take part in our local races they put on an exhibition race for a mile and a half mile.
Skaters included Nicky Gooch, Oliver Horsepool, Stuart Horsepool, Paul Worth and Sarah Lindsay.

Seniors

Fred Smith Cup (men’s mile): 1 Mitch White (Newborough), 2 Jacob Gould (Peterborough), 3 Granville Raper (Peterborough).

Fisher Cup (men’s half-mile): 1 Alan Butler (Thorney), 2 Granville Raper (Peterborough), 3 Paul Hurn (Thorney).

Butcher Cup (ladies’ quarter-mile): 1 Sarah Henderson (Peterborough), 2 Suzi Sadler (Thorney), 3 Nicola Tasker (Thorney).

Whittome Cup (mixed pairs over quarter-mile): 1 Andrew Chillman/Belinda Hirsh (Guyhirn), 2 Ben Clarke/Sarah

Henderson (Peterborough), 3 Paul Hurn/Nicola Tasker (Thorney).

Veterans’ quarter-mile (over 55s): 1 Phil Hall (Farcet), 2 Dave Parkinson, 3 Nick Lowe.

Relay (over one mile): 1 Peterborough Phantoms Juniors, 2 Hill Farm Flyers, 3 Flying Fishers.

  • Juniors
  • Under 18 boys: 1 Dale Warrener
  • Under 18 girls: 1 Verity Hodgkinson-Atkin
  • Under 15 boys: 1 Dale Warrener
  • Under 15 girls: 1 Bethan Phillips
  • Under 12 mixed: 1 Oliver Seekins
  • Under 9 mixed: joint 1st Joshua Seekins, Scarlett Cook
  • Under 7 mixed: 1 Katie Tasker
  • Sledge race: 1 Lottie Tasker

09-01-10 The Fenland Skating Centre had an exciting day of racing today in Earith, adjacent to the usual Bury Fen field.

The Muriel Parsons was a close 1 mile open race with the following result:
1st Michael McInerney, 3 minutes 3 seconds
2nd Malcolm Robinson came in a close second at 3 minutes 5 seconds
3rd David Smith taking third at 3 minutes 12.65 seconds.

The Gary Warrington Trophy was a quarter mile sprint:
1st David Smith 42 seconds
2nd Adam Giles 45.91 seconds
3rd Michael McInerney 46.06 seconds
More racing schedule for tomorrow at Earith by the Fenland Skating Centre.

08-01-10 Malcolm has informed me that The Fenland Skating Centre are planning to hold ice skating races on Saturday 9th, we are just waiting for the final i’s to be dotted and t’s to be crossed but are 95% sure that the racing will start at 11:00am on the field adjacent to Bury Fen.

07-01-10 Malcolm has informed me that we are hoping to have some local racing this weekend and if the weather holds will aim for the championship next weekend (16th/17th Jan 2010). This weekends racing to be confirmed.

06-01-10 Malcolm Robinson from Sutton came third out of 90 at a race this week in Holland making him 6th in the series, whilst fellow skater David Butteriss was unfortunately ‘taken down’ by another competitor. Malcolm the secretary of Fenland Skating Centre has informed us that there is an outside chance of a championship this weekend at either Whittlesey, Lincolnshire and somewhere in Cambridge. To be confirmed on Friday.

04-01-10 Ice skates for sale. Speed and figures skates, new and used, a variety of sizes available. Call Keith Miller (Wimblington, Nr March) on 01354 740 666.

Pictures from the end of year skating on at Welney by Geoff Robinson. www.geoffrobinsonphotography.co.uk

Descendents of the great skater Mr Smart take to the ice.

‘This brief one week of skating has just underlined for me that all the inherited characteristics of the Fen culture are still as strong as ever. As Melton Morris from the fen club said:’ ‘There are more potential speed skaters in this area than ever before due to the inline roller bladers revolution’.

‘Could it be that all those Fen genes of the great ice speed skaters of the last century are finding their way back to the ice through our children?

Lets hope last week was just a taster of more to come and that the cold weather makes a hasty return to the Fens so we can keep alive a true fen tradition!

In the meantime we will be regularly adding photos of this year’s skating to the site – if you have any photos you would like us to include or any skating stories new or old, we would love to hear from you – please send them to us at the email address above.’

Roger Giles – Chairman of the Welney Skating Club.

“It was fantastic to see all the old faces on or at the ice last week. It was amazing how well they skated considering they had not had skates on for probably ten years. Hopefully its not the last skate we will get this winter, with the interest there has been in the skating we certainly need to maintain momentum.”

Malcolm Robinson – Secretary of Fen Centre.

The above photos are from Bury Fen – 10th January 2009
The Continued link Between Past and the Future

Demonstarting the game of ‘Bandy’ in 1899, commonly referred to as ‘Ice Hockey’ today.

Ice skates: 'Whittlesey Runners' and one of a pair of roller skates used by A. E. Tebbitt for road practise in the summer.

Skating match on the river Nene at Wisbech, 1891.

Babs Horn (pictured below) many times British Champion - also with his brother Dennis, were the two principle cyclists in the country in the 20's and 30's.

Melton Morris (pictured below second from the right) trained by and skated with Babs Horn and is now Chairman of the Fen Centre Governing Body of Speed Skating. He has also contributed by building a private inline skating track where club members can train on inline skates either as a sport in its own right or to prepare for ice skating.

Adam Giles is a direct descendent of Babs Horn and was greatly influenced and inspired by Philip Doubleday and Melton Morris. The picture below shows Adam and Babs who presented him with his first cup in 1986 for racing at Welney on the River Bedford and Fen barrel course. (From left to right: Babs, Adam, Babs' daughter Margaret and her husband Keith)

Adam went on to become Skating Development Officer arranging training for a new generation of speed skaters. He was also Publicity Officer for NISA and participated in TV shows such as Ice Warriors. This then led to a career in media.

Giles Landscapes employee, Gary Evison is another example of how speed skating has caught the imagination of the younger generations. Gary already has been seen on many national TV news programmes and one female reporter commented on what an accomplished skater he was - little did she know that it was only his third time skating on real ice. Usually Gary is to be found on inline skates and has started competing in national races - thanks in part to Melton Morris who has helped him train.

Gary's young daughters are now getting into inline skating themselves and so the link continues and with Adam's young daughter making her debut on the ice at 2 month's old, things are looking promising for the future generation of skaters!

Skating Launches New Career Fen skating has even had a part in launching a new career! Local man Mark Bullimore turned professional photographer on the strength of the picture below. It was featured in The Guardian and now Mark is getting work published by the BBC and top newspapers!

Copyright Mark Bullimore – Adam Giles skating on Headings Farm wheat field between Manea and Welney 2003.

To see more of Mark’s work, please visit www.markbullimore.co.uk and pa.photoshelter.com/c/eaps

Disclaimer: Any Skating on the Fens is done at the skaters’ own risk. No company or persons can be held responsible for any injury or loss of life. Never skate on rivers, lakes or dykes where the water depth exceeds 4 inches.

Eleven motorcycles fell 40 times, the snow was four feet high either side of the pass and if a bulldozer hadn’t of been there we would have had to camp out or return.

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