On the 28th March in De Uithof in The Hague, Netherlands, NISA will hold the first ever British Long Track Speed Skating Championships on a 400m artificially frozen rink. This event marks the culmination of the first full year of efforts to rebuild Long Track speed skating in the UK, a year which has seen numbers swell from a handful to over 35, British records broken and Great Britain represented at the European Youth Championships.
The championships will be a single distance championship with British Champions being crowned for both men and ladies in the 500m, 1000m, 1500m, 3000m and 5000m distances.
The British Championships are sponsored by Kellys Expat Shopping, The British School in the Netherlands and ShotandGo energy drinks and supported by De Uithof, Nicesports, Dave van Dam Sports, Oomsports, Schaatstraining advies & begeleiding and the KNSB gewest South Holland.
In addition to the British Championships, a number of Danish skaters will be competing simultaneously as a dry run for potential future co-operation, the international flavour is further enhanced with representatives from other countries also.
Press are encouraged to attend and report on the event. Warming up starts at 10.00am, the competition runs between 11am and 2pm and the prize giving will begin at 3pm. Between 2pm and 3pm there will be Icebyks available on the ice for those wanting to try this exciting and fast new sport which has been developed by a British entrepreneur with the bikes themselves being manufactured in the Netherlands.
NISA plans to continue the development of Long Track with aspirations to return to international competition at all levels, including Junior World Cups and World Cups. The development programme for next season includes introduction courses and training weekends, as well as regular competitions.