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Skate Pride 2012 (7th July)

Fancy some skate fun next weekend? We’ve been sent word that next Saturday skaters are joining the Pride London Parade as it works its way from Baker Street to Whitehall. The parade is one of the headline events in Pride London, which is a week of events that include exhibitions, film screenings, concerts, comedy and cabaret performances.

You don’t need to be fast on your wheels to take part, because the parade is a pedestrian procession along the roads, so it will move at a walking pace – if not slower. Pride organisers recently decided no motor vehicles will be allowed to join the procession this year, which starts at 11am on Saturday 7th July. Traffic should not be a problem, but this is not a marshalled street skate.

Pride London welcomes everyone regardless of wheel size or other preference. You don’t need to be LGBT to join, the parade is a celebration of equality and diversity of the LGBT community. There will be a skater party on Saturday night for Pride London Skaters as well as any other skaters that happen to be in the area. Please see the Facebook event for details of the route, times and party.

Skate Pride Facebook event: http://www.facebook.com/events/169367519859925/

Eustachian Tube

Aye aye! Or should that be ear ear! Enough jokes, seriously, its time to skate to Euston Station, a location famous for its range of healthy and not-so-healthy half-time snack options.

Whether you fancy a donut or oat bar, hot chocolate or fruit juice, we think you’ll find what you’re looking for mid-way through our Sunday Stroll.

At 6 miles it’s also one of the shortest routes we ever do, which means we can take it easy and still have plenty of time to chat at half time. And the  route there and back has lots of smooth roads and virtually no hills, so it’s perfect for anyone nursing a hangover or a bad set of jokes.

So roll up your shirt-sleeves, pull up your sport-socks, we hope to see you there!

One way: Farewell Dr Nic!

This Friday we wish a fond farewell to one of long standing – and tallest – marshals. Those of you who know Dr Nic will know he is a Saffer, and after spending the last few years in London, he’s heading back to the Savanna to resume life in his homeland. Of course, we’re organizing a party to send him off in style, so this Friday the LFNS will be a one-way skate from Hyde Park Corner to our favorite party venue – The Smithfield Tavern.

Know him or not, all are welcome, so join in and help make this a beautiful evening, but remember we won’t be skating back to Hyde Park Corner this Friday. The Smithfield Tavern closes around 2am, so you might want to bring some shoes and your Oyster Card to get yourself home. Or if you fancy a party without skating, just head to the Smithfield and grab a beer before all the skaters arrive!

The Ewes of Euston

We can’t promise you female sheep, or even the hay houses full of poets that were on the menu last Friday.

But we can promise you a jolly nice set of roads leading all the way to one of our favorite half-time spots, which happens to be in the environs of Euston Station, a location famous for its range of healthy and not-so-healthy half-time snack merchants.

Whether you fancy a donut or oat bar, hot chocolate or fruit juice, we think you’ll find what you’re looking for mid-way through our Sunday Stroll.

At 6 miles it’s also one of the shortest routes we ever do, which means we can take it easy and still have plenty of time to chat at half time.

So roll up your shirt-sleeves, pull up your sport-socks, and leave the rest to us.

Wanna help?

We’re looking for a team of around 4 volunteers to help move our Asbox music transmitter to and from each skate, and recharge its batteries in between.

Ideally you’ll come to the LFNS and Sunday Stroll on a regular basis, and live or work in central London — which makes it easy for team members to meet mid-week to swap the kit around when needed.

If you’d like to help out, please get in touch.

Ladbroke Groove

At only 10 miles, this Friday the route is short and sweet. We’ll head off towards Harrow Road, mainly so we can enjoy the long gentle downhill along Ladbroke Grove. And as we’ll be in the area, we’ll also take the long smooth downhill on Kensington Church Street. There’s plenty of other nice smooth stretches, so bring your skates and your smiles and start the weekend on a roll!

To Those That Grind

Recent weather has been good for the roses. If we lived on Jamaica’s Blue Mountains, it would have helped our coffee beans too. So this week, we pay respect to the beans. We make homage to roasters, we tip our hats to those that grind. This Sunday let your skates celebrate all that is caffeine and let your wheels feel the buzz. We’ll also have half time near some of the best coffee shops in London. Some of them grind their own beans, and that’s where we’re heading!

Race Registration Discount

Prices for registering teams for the 24 hour Le Mans Skate race are set rise on 22nd May. If you’re planning on building a team, register before that date to earn a €10 discount.

Many LFNS and Sunday Stroll marshals and regular skaters from London join the race around the famous Bugatti Track in Le Mans, which is about an hour south of Paris. There are various categories of teams, including Endurance (3 to 5 people) and Prestige (6 to 10 people). Last year one of the LFNS marshals came second in the Duo category, and another two LFNS marshals turned in excellent results in the Solo category, showing the world that London is home to world class skaters.

So, build your team and enjoy skating on the legendary Circuit des 24 Heures du Mans, where over the course of 90 years the best drivers as Jacky Icks, Steve McQueen, Paul Newman or Henri Pescarolo helped transform a field into a world famous race track.

Find all the information on the bilingual (French and English) website of the 24H Skating.

www.24rollers.com

Easter Fancy Dress Bunny Skate

Fluff up your feathers, polish your eggs and grab some ears. This week is our annual Easter Fancy Dress Bunny Skate. Rarely is so much effort given to looking so fabulous on a Sunday afternoon, this will truly be a day to remember. We start at our usual time, and after the skate we’ll be holding our free Egg and Spoon Race in Hyde Park, which in turn will be followed by our Easter Bunny Party. We couldn’t fit so much fun under one roof, so this year we’ll do it in the road!

Long Good Friday: Circle Line

Starting at 7pm, this week is our annual Long Good Friday Night Skate, and this year, like so many in the past, we’ll be skating the full 17 mile course of the Circle Line. Don’t be put off by the size, because we start at 7pm and finish at our normal time of 10pm, so although it’s big, there’s an extra hour of skating, which makes plenty of time to build up gently.

So join us for the Full Monty at our earlier than normal 7pm start time, or catch up at one of the two “half time” rest points if you can’t meet us at  7pm. We can’t promise you much, but whatever we do, we will keep our skates on!