Beth shows promise for future in Tignes

Beth Widdup in action in Tignes (s).
Beth Widdup in action in Tignes (s).

Colne’s Beth Widdup believes hard hours in the gym over the summer will help her compete with Britain’s best after a promising set of results from the Delancey British National Alpine Ski Championships.

World Cup stars Dave Ryding – based in Colne – and Alex Tilley graced the slopes of Tignes last week, and Widdup proved she could well follow in their footsteps.

The 19-year-old finished just outside the British Slalom medals in both the National Championships and National Junior Championships – finishing ninth and fifth.

Those performances came after a disappointing start to her week in the Giant Slalom as she failed to finish the second run, but Widdup admits she must get stronger in order to achieve her potential: “My Slalom in the National Championships definitely felt better than my first race of the week, though the first run was a bit too cautious. I just went for it in the second run and though it’s a shame I’ve just missed out on the podium, I’m happier.

“I need to get a lot stronger so I’m going to keep working and working, and toughen up.”

In tricky conditions – which saw many British athletes crash out – Widdup abandoned her second run of the National Championships Giant Slalom race on Thursday and struggled to shake off a niggling wrist injury.

“Thursday was not a good day, I didn’t ski the first run very well and I took the wrong line over the roll,” she added.

“I was a little cautious and a lot of people weren’t finishing the course, but it was too cautious - I was far too slow.

“I hurt my wrist earlier as well, on the base of a gate.”

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