Skiers hit the slopes in downtown Surbiton
Suburban skiers risked life and limb at a whacky community ski morning to raise money for a children’s cancer charity.
Ski Sunday saw participants strap blocks of ice to their feet to race down a makeshift slope, lubricated by washing up liquid, on St Marks Hill in Surbiton, yesterday morning.
Rainbow Warriors were the victors in the team competition thanks to the disqualification of favourites Team Milk.
Rainbow Warrior Sally Goodman and current ladies Ski Sunday world record holder said the team was “astonished, amazed and agog” to have claimed the title.
“I can’t believe this has happened but I know I am awake so it can’t be a dream.
“This win is all down to our pioneered technique that managed to fox the competition and ensure an unlikely victory.
“In all seriousness it was a great day of silliness and fantastic way to show the world that Surbiton is nothing like The Good Life, plus I had a faster time than my husband, which makes it all the sweeter.”
The individual title was claimed by Jack Dimes who despite his win failed to smash his own ice block skiing record of 10.54 seconds.
Other team entrants of note included Gravity’s Nightmare featuring a man dressed in a tight yellow catsuit, the fake moustache adorned by the French Table team, and Mike and Vikki from the Shooting Star Chase team.
The event, billed by organiser Robin Hutchinson as a warm up to next year’s Olympics, was in aid of the Shooting Star Chase children’s hospices in Hampton and Guildford.
Reporter David Lindsell clocked a respectable 19.54 seconds, atoning for last year’s dire performance where he fell over several times.
New Malden reporter Clare Buchanan fell gratefully into the arms of course supervisor “The Rock” on 30.28 seconds.
Surbiton reporter Tom Barnes, despite taking expert advice from world champion Jack Dimes, landed on his backside and finished amongst the back markers on 32.6 seconds.