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Chair – John Anderson
John hails from Middlesborough and took up cross country skiing back in 1991 after finishing his career at sea. And after 24 years he says he’s still trying to get the hang of it! He joined Yorkshire Dales because he thought it seemed a very sociable club. And he’s not stopped socialising since with many club holidays, walking and canoe trips and roller ski tours under his belt! On snow skiing is what he really enjoys though- as well as eating gernknodels- and roller skiing is a means to that end.
Club Safeguarding and Welfare Officer (CWO)- John Anderson
Secretary -Simon Foy
I’ve just taken on the role of Club Secretary. My first taste of xc skiing dates back to 1981, when as a teenager I hired some skis from Aviemore and with a friend tried to ski across the Cairngorm plateau! This didn’t put me off and I’ve skied on and off ever since. I decided to take it more seriously about 4 years ago and the Club were fantastic in providing coaching and encouragement. A relative novice to roller skiing, I have found it great for maintaining fitness and it complements my other passion/obsession cycling.
Treasurer and Instructor-Sarah Foy
Completely untouched by any form of snow sport until my forties, I discovered the joy that is cross country skiing on a very wintery holiday to the Cairngorms in 2010. Having had beginners lessons in downhill and XC, the sense of freedom and tranquillity offered by being out on long, skinny skis (and far, far away from lift queues) was much more my thing – and still being able to go fast downhill too. I was hooked.
We joined the Club as a family in 2015 after finding out that we could cross country ski here in Yorkshire all year round on tarmac with wheels; the revelation that is roller skiing! Ok, without the beautiful scenery and yummy cafe stops, but it has proven to be a fantastic second best; and we have learnt so much from other members, both in terms of technique and knowledge about places to ski.
My aim as a Committee member is to spread the word so that more people can be introduced to this wonderful sport; and then be encouraged to have a go whatever their ability, age or fitness. I am on a mission!
Membership Secretary-Jane Cromack
West Yorkshire Roller Ski Instructor – Martin Roscoe
Before concentrating on cross country skiing and roller skiing I used to be an OK runner, biathlete (run swim) and duathlete (run bike run)- but nowt special. My claims to fame are minor: I have run in a world mountain running championship and coached an athlete to Commonwealth Silver Medal. I have cycled up Alpe d’Huez and Mont Ventoux and consider them nowt special (compared to the ride from Sion to Thyon 2000) I once came second in a national poll (carried out by Athletics Weekly) for the athlete that had contributed most to club running, i.e. I was the second most stalworth runner in the country over a period of 20 years. I am a very distant cousin of Martin Roscoe the concert pianist -he got the talent, I got the looks!
Roller Ski and On-Snow Instructor-Martin Appleby
I have been cross country skiing for over thirty years and a member of the Yorkshire Dales Cross Country Ski Club for nearly as long. A keen sportsman, I have enjoyed walking/backpacking, rugby, marathon running, swimming and more. I’m too old for some of these now, but to my mind cross country skiing and its summer equivalent, roller skiing, incorporates elements from all of these activities: physical intensity, endurance, technical skill, love of the outdoors and, once you have reached a certain level, great joy when gliding along under your own efforts. Cross country skiing and roller skiing can be practised at any age and at many different levels, either competitively or just for recreation. in short, a sport for all.
On-Snow and Roller Ski Instructor- Richard Smith
I was first introduced to cross country skiing in 1991 at La Vattay, France and bought my first roller skis a couple of years later. Sport has always been central to my life, enjoying football, badminton, golf, cycling, running and Triathlon as well as cross-country skiing. I have no great performances to record but amongst other things have taken part in three L’Etape du Tour, cycled up Alpe d’Huez and run a few marathons.
Cross-country skiing and roller skiing are excellent forms of exercise for the whole body, whilst also challenging balance and coordination. Once you have learnt the basic technic you will be moving along freely, but if you like a challenge then refining that technique can be fascinating.
As an Instructor on roller skis and snow it is really rewarding to help people of all abilities get started and progress. Everyone is an individual so each lesson is enjoyable and different
Yorkshire Ski Federation Rep – Wendy McRae
Media and Instructor- Deb Johnston
A relative newcomer to roller skiing and cross country skiing, I can claim no great sporting achievements. I have enjoyed many years of downhill skiing and have always thought that skiing uphill was just plain silly. But being impressed with the cross country skiing during the Sochi Winter Olympics 2014, and needing a new challenge, I started taking roller ski lessons at the York Sports Village with the YDCCSC coaches I haven’t looked back since. I’ve become fitter and made many new friends. And although cross country skiing was never my intention when I joined the club (I just intended to roller ski), I went on my fifth cross country ski trip this year and I love it, even the up hill. (Actually that last bit is a lie -I still hanker for a chair lift – but I will persevere……..)
And more recently I have passed my Level One Coaching Award. Which just goes to show that, with a little bit of dedication and enthusiasm, anyone can roller ski!
Facebook Page Administrator-Dave Coulthard
I have been skiing longer than I care to own up to but started with downhill skiing 37 years ago. My first real cross country skiing came with my first winter deployment to Norway with the Royal Marines in 1982, where we spent 3 months learning how to live and operate in the Arctic environment. I then then went on for another 10 winter deployments where I perfected the art of keeping my balance on cross country skis whilst carrying a massive amount of kit. I also had time to represent both my unit and the Royal Marines at various ski championships. I only returned to roller skiing in 2009 as an alternative to running for keeping fit, and I still use roller skiing to supplement my cardio and endurance training. Away from roller skiing I enjoy a number of sports including running and fell running. I do a bit of paragliding when weather and work commitments allow. I have 2 grown up children, the youngest, Alex, being a keen roller skier prior to going to university.
Media – Amy Gumbrell
My first taste of cross-country skiing was in the early eighties, on the pavement outside my house in Huddersfield, when it was too snowy to go out running. I was hooked! I enjoy roller skiing and local skiing in Yorkshire (when the snow comes), but my favourite place to ski is Finnish Lapland.
Glyn is the Yorkshire Dales Cross Country Ski Club’s longest serving member. He has served the club loyally for over 30 years in various capacities-instructor, chairman and newsletter editor. Glyn’s dedication to cross country skiing and the Yorkshire Dales Club was rewarded in 2013 when he was placed on Snowsport England’s Volunteer Roll Of Honour. Only a handful of volunteers each year are so honoured. Currently family commitments mean Glyn doesn’t ski or roller ski as often as before but Glyn still enjoys the social side of the club.