London Inline Marathon Registration Now Open

LondonSkaters Speed Team are pleased to announce that registration for the 2011 London Inline Marathon – “LIM” as it is affectionately known – is now open. Race day is Sunday 22nd May 2011 at the Hillingdon Cycle circuit in West London. Registration is open to all and sundry, although LSST members get to enter at a discounted price. There are three races on the day, those being mini, half and full marathon.

Information on registration fees, the program of events for the day and how to get to the track are available at the London Inline Marathon website, see link below.

Alice’s Adventures In Hyde Park

Alice was beginning to get very tired of sitting by her sister on the Serpentine beach. So she was considering in her own mind (as well as she could, for the hot day made her feel very sleepy and stupid), whether the pleasure of drinking a red wine might be worth the trouble of getting up and finding the local Sainsbury’s, when suddenly a White Rabbit with pink eyes made an awesome looking magic-slide and halted right by her.

There was nothing so very remarkable in that; nor did Alice think it so very much out of the way to hear the Rabbit say to itself, “Oh dear! Oh dear! I shall be late!” (when she thought it over afterwards, it occurred to her that she ought to have wondered at this, but at the time it all seemed quite natural); but when the Rabbit actually took an allen key out of its waistcoat-pocket, adjusted a frame bolt, and then hurried on, Alice started to her feet, for it flashed across her mind that she had never before seen a rabbit with either an allen key, or wearing a set of brand new Salomon FSK Detonators with 80mm Crazy Glue Matter F1 wheels. “How odd!” she thought “Those are indoor wheels! And Salomon haven’t made skates for at *least* four years!”. Burning with curiosity, she ran across the Serpentine Road after it, just in time to see it zip past a nearby rabbit hole and head off in the direction of Hyde Park Corner.

“Cribbins!” thought Alice. “I’d better get my bunny ears, fluffy tail and provocative but empowering bunny-girl costume on … and find my skates!”

Easter Skate 2011: You know when it is 😉

The Perks Of Marshalling?

LFNS and LondonSkate are always on the lookout for capable new marshals. Becoming a marshal is not only about skating ability, it’s also requires road sense, common sense, level-headedness and – perhaps most importantly – gaining the trust and respect of your fellow marshals. After all a big part of marshalling is watching other people’s backs and trusting them to watch yours.

On the whole though it’s not too hard to step up to a hi-viz vest if you’ve got the necessary attributes. If you’d like to try out, please approach one of the existing marshals before or after a skate. Prospective marshals are invited on the weekly route checks and go through several stages of training and familiarization. You won’t be thrown in at the deep end.

And there are perks! Aside from the cameraderie and the thankful cheer at the end of every skate, rumor has it the LondonSkate Marshals Treasure Hunt may run again this April. It’s a bonding event for new and old LondonSkate and LFNS marshals and a jolly old bit of a lark too. But it’s open only to the in-vest-ed, the soon-to-be in-vest-ed, or the ex-vest-ed who might be thinking-of-coming-back this season (HINT guys!).

We won’t say much more about it until it’s done, but be sure the glorious winners will be reported here in due course. Oh yes, they will, ohhhh yes!

January Snail Stroll

If you or someone you know is looking to do their first stroll then this slower, shorter, flatter and smoother route run at the end of this month is the perfect time to give it a go.

You can please some of the people all of the time, but you can’t throw stones if you live in a glass house. Or something like that, anyway. In a move guaranteed to annoy all the people who thank us for giving them a “good workout” on the Stroll, the LFNS is pleased to announce that January 30th is the Snail Stroll – a slightly shorter and less brisk stroll with the needs of beginners and slower skaters especially in mind. If you got new skates for Christmas and are nervous that you’ll not finish a nine mile skate uphill into a headwind, mark the end of this month in your calendar and look out for the route announcement next week

You still need to be able to stop, turn, and control your speed on an incline, but we’ll do our level best (pun intended) to avoid anything that looks like a steep hill. We’re thinking about making this a regular monthly feature if people like it, so all feedback is appreciated.

Big Up, You Stars!

Thank you to everyone who answered the call by joining in last Sunday’s Stroll and becoming a part of the BBC filming. This filming has been on the cards for ages – LFNS & LondonSkate were first contacted about it last August – and one thing or another has conspired to get in the way of it all the way from then till now. The most recent obstacle being the heavy snow that hit LondonSantaSkate of course.

The camera crew were well happy with the amount and variety of footage they were able to get. They also remarked upon how well organized and efficient the whole affair looked from their point of view and the feedback was pretty damn chuffed. It would seem we made the whole experience a pleasure. So yay us! Big slaps on the back all around. Well done and thank you also to everyone who stepped up for interviews too.

The show is called Andrew Marr’s Metropolis and it will consist of three 1 hour episodes. Our segment will be three minutes long and probably in program 1 of the series. It should go out on BBC One. Not sure of the air dates yet, but we shall let you know  when known. The crew said the show has been in filming for over 6 months in locations as far flung as Tokyo, Paris and Dakar. For those interested, there’s a bit of a blurb at the link below.

So thanks again everyone, it went really well and hopefully the finished product will live up to expectations. Now we just need them to do a 3x1hr docco exclusively about skating 😉

Sunday Stroll is back this Sunday!

Quicker than you can say “well that was a heck of a snowy cold Xmas and New Year” it’s January again. We hope you all had a good break!

The first LFNS of the year won’t be until next week, Friday 14th January 2011. Which is probably a good thing given the weather forecast for this evening. But you don’t have to wait that long for a skating fix, because the first Sunday Stroll is this Sunday, 9th of January 2010. Yes folks, in a slightly manical Jack Nicholson sort of way, We’re Baaaa-ack!

But wait! There’s more…

For a number of weeks the BBC have been working with LFNS and LondonSkate to try and film a large skate for a documentary program they’re making this year. The show is about mega-cities, about how people cope with them and also how they embrace and enjoy them. That last bit is where the skate comes in. It’s a major project which will be shown on BBC One and amounts to a great chance to show the positive aspects of street skating in London.

The film crew had hoped to be out for LondonSantaSkate, but the weather gods did stomp rather heavily on that plan. Now the hope is to film this Sunday, January 9th when the weather forecast is, for a change, actually not too bad.

Do skating in London a favour therefore? Given it’s the first Stroll of the year, given nobody got to skate for ages and given it’s a little bit of a special occasion … dress wicked and come out on Sunday? All you’ve got to do is have a blast and look like it. And we promise to love you even more!!

Skating on Channel 4

Worried about how your skating skills are going to measure up this year? Reassure yourself on channel 4 tomorrow evening (Jan 4) by watching “celebrities” on ‘Famous and Fearless’ compete in a speed skating competition. “Celebrities” include Rufus Hound, Jonah Lomu, Kelly Holmes and Mandy from Hollyoaks.

LondonSantaSkate postponed until January

Hey skating Santa’s,

Due to the disruptions caused by the current weather conditions and the fact more snow is forecast we’re sorry to announce that we’ve taken the decision to postpone  the LondonSantaSkate until early in the New Year.

We’re as disappointed as you are, but the weather gods are against us and many of you also have too many other Christmas activities on this week. But hopefully this will mean that people who had made special journeys to London at the weekend now will have a second chance to come along, and we all get something to look forward to in January!

We will announce the date soon here, on Facebook, at and on Serpentine Road. We still have Santa suits available and so will arrange another pick up for all those coming to the skate.

We want to say a massive THANK YOU to everyone that has donated to the event and has helped raised funds to keep next years street skates running, we can’t do this without you all and it was great to see so many smiling faces out at Saturday nights excellent skater party. There was definitely a lot of ho ho ho Santa fun!

And lastly a very merry Christmas to you all from all of us, hope you get everything you wished for from Santa!

A visit from LondonSantaSkate

Tis the week before Christmas, and all through the park,
Not a creature is stirring, not even a lark…
Ok heck that’s not true, please don’t make me laugh,
Winter Wonderland’s hogging the bulk of the path!

Forget about chimneys, it’s too soon for stockings,
Conventional wisdom says we should be shopping.
Instead here we are feeling all cold and stark,
Awaiting the sounds that will light up this dark.

It was fun at the Vic when we picked up our suits,
There was fire and carpet and friends in cahoots.
It was warm and inviting with beer and good food,
A festive environment for positive mood!

But here in this cold it’s getting quite boring
If it doesn’t start soon we’ll be off home and snoring!
It’s always the same, what’s up with you mutts?
Come on you guys we’re freezing our butts!!!

Finally the sound we’ve been wanting to hear,
A music bike comes to the sound of a cheer.
The sound of worn bearings as they whizz too and fro,
The thump of a BassFreight at last on the go.

Now Roggie! Now Mozza! Now Saffy and Bry!
On Kaisa! On Cat! On Aquila and Joy!
To the Arch reindeer forward, onto the street,
Shake those cute backsides and wiggle those feet!

At last! That took ages! We’re now on the move
In all our red suits we can finally groove.
Reindeers in front, with a Firebrox sled
And portly St Rick-alaus right up ahead!

All down the street a merry cheer rises,
For four hundred Santas of all shapes and sizes.
There’s elfs, trees and ninjas and even … Jack Frost?
Yikes! That slick silver lycra will have mental cost!

Now that we’re moving time actually flies,
A little exertion puts warmth in our thighs.
Watch out! Keep your balance! Stay on top of your skates!
This street’s rather slippery so look out for your mates!

It’s halftime at last – boy it’s cold now we’re here
Ha! Spare a thought for the poor old reindeer!
They dress rather sheer to be looking so fine,
Hope they’ll keep warm with Douglet’s mulled wine!

A photo? Or two? Oh another? Oh alright,
But I’m freezing my backside so let’s not spend all night!
Hug me! Quick, kiss me! Then let’s all go za-zoom,
The Smithfield is waiting and I know they have room!

Inside the Tavern, let’s be warm and have beer!
I’m feeling my toes again now that we’re here.
“I can tell you, you guys, you have no idea
I’ve been waiting for this for the whole of the year!”

Shake your thing, move around, it’s time to get down,
LondonSantaSkate party’s the talk of the town!
We sing from the heart and we mean it sincere:
It’s a crime that this happens only once in a year!

LondonSantaSkate! LondonSantaSkate! Tell you what dude,
We’re tipsy and loud and don’t mean to be rude.
But shout four hundred Santa’s with all of our might,
“Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night!”

… And to quote a well known Xmas character: “Wicked, wicked, wicked! Ho! Ho! Hoooooo!”

The LFNS and LondonSkate would like to wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Get your ticket, come to LondonSantaSkate and help bring the skating season to its most festive conclusion ever. Then take a break … and bring on the ruckass that will be 2011 😉