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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