The ice sports have come to a close for the season and the KRH have ended on an impressive high. Here's the report from Lt Scott Pryor:
After a successful Army Championships in both luge and skeleton, Lt Pryor, 2Lt Graham and Tpr Whatmore were all selected for the Army squad going into the Inter-Services the next week.
Training took place alongside the Royal Navy and RAF so all athletes could see what they were up against and quickly became aware that they had to perform at their best if they were to stand any chance of success.
As the two day race arrived all three KRH athletes were selected to represent the competing team.
After the first day of sliding Tpr Whatmore had completed one very good run but unfortunately the Army luge team couldn't match the pace of the RAF or Royal Navy and ended up third.
Going into the second day the Army men's skeleton with Lt Pryor were second and the women's with 2Lt Graham holding on to a narrow lead. After the final day the positions remained the same to end the Championships with a great result for both the men's and woman's for which the KRH played a prominent role.
This week saw Lt Pryor, 2Lt Graham (AGC SPS) and Tpr Whatmore travel to Winterberg, Germany to take part in the Army Ice Sports Championships. Lt Pryor and 2Lt Graham competing in the skeleton and Tpr Whatmore for luge.
The track consists of over 1300 meters of solid ice, 15 turns and a vertical drop of 110 meters. Athletes will be reaching top speeds of 120km/h with nothing but a slither of roll mat tucked under a lycra race suit for protection.
The week started well for all three athletes. 2Lt Graham and Tpr Whatmore are both in their novice season having slid just ten times previously. Lt Pryor was returning for his second season and looking to improve from last years fourth place finish in the Army Championships.
As the race day arrived both 2Lt Graham and Tpr Whatmore put in their best times to date and as a result won the novice cup in their respective disciplines. This is the first time in over five years that the novice cup in skeleton has been won by a female. 2Lt Graham was also just 0.09 seconds off a podium finish in the main female skeleton championship. Lt Pryor also performed well sitting in fourth going into the final run he was able to improve enough to jump into third for the men's skeleton championship.
All three athletes have been invited to represent the Army in their respective disciplines for the inter-services next week.
KRH Association and serving members of the regiment.