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More than 150 girls from 36 schools have taken part in the 60th edition of the British Schoolgirls Races in Flaine.

The event in the French resort, part of the Grand Massif, is organised by the Ladies Ski Club.

It is supported by a number of sponsors, including PlanetSKI partner MPI Brokers.

The races have proved to be a breeding ground for young British talent in the past.

Britain's 4-time Olympic ski racer Chemmy Alcott and Paralympic sight guide Charlotte Evans have competed in the event.

The British Schoolgirls Races has always welcomed girls of all levels to race, from their first ever event in Gstaad in 1959 to the modern day.

The 2019 edition was no exception, featuring girls who ski once a year, to experienced racers who regularly compete on the ski racing circuit.

There were races for the under 14s right up to the under 21s.

Despite heavy snowfall the night before the first day of racing, a GS and a slalom race were able to take place across two days.

GS start at British Schoolgirls races 2019At the start for the giant slalom


















On day one there were tricky conditions for racers in the giant slalom.

The overall victory went to Tilly Black from Millfield with Lucy Bingle Williams from Hurst College in second. Giselle Gorringe from North London Collegiate School was third.

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The Best School team prize went to Ipswich High A with North London Collegiate School A in second and New Hall A taking third place.

The slalom was the main event on day two, with the sun making an appearance to thaw out the racers.

British Schoolgirls Races 2019Slalom action

















After taking third in Monday's GS, Giselle Gorringe put in two solid runs to take the victory for North London Collegiate School.

Second place went to Kathryn Bailey of Ipswich High and Isabelle Lander from New Hall finished in third.

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Tilly Black was on course to take her second podium of the event after putting down the fastest first run of the day, but unfortunately she couldn't stay in the course for her second run and was a DNF.

The Best School prize went to North London Collegiate School A with New Hall A in second and Downe House A in third.

Trophies and medals were awarded for all age groups in registered and non-registered categories.

As well as awards for the GS and slalom there were also awards for the two races combined.

The Combined individual prize went to Giselle Gorringe (NLCS) with Kathryn Bailey from Ipswich High in second and Isabelle Lander from New Hall in third.

In the Combined Best School Award, North London Collegiate School again stood on top of the podium, with New Hall A in second and Downe House A in third.

Other stand out performances included two wins in the GS and Slalom for Molly Butler in the under 14 category and Isabelle Lander in the under 18 category.

For the non-registered racers, Tate Halestrap in the Under 14s, Madeline Points in the Under 18s and Sacha Nokes in the Under 21s all claimed victories in both the GS and Slalom.

This year saw four new teams take part in the event, Clayesmore, Cranleigh, International Institute de Lancy, Kingsley School and Prior's Field School.

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"The organisation has been fantastic, exceptionally efficient," said Andrea Scott, a PE teacher at Prior's Field School.

"Our girls have just been overwhelmed by the whole experience - they have just loved it.

"It's not just the racing its been the whole experience. Everyone has made us feel welcome and the atmosphere is incredible. We will definitely be back!"

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The organiser, Anne Taylor, said the event's excellent on-snow team, including the local Flaine Club des Sports team ensured the event was successful, despite challenging conditions.

"This year was a special one with the event celebrating its 60th anniversary, and I hope we can continue to run such a fun event for another 60 years. I also want to thank our sponsors for their unwavering support - they ensure this event can happen and we can't thank them enough."

The British Schoolgirls Races also welcomed a new sponsor for 2019, Vision in Education, who joined long term sponsors Chelski, JDX, MPI Brokers, Ski Club of Great Britain, Uvex and Erna Low in supporting the event.

The organisers say the sponsors ensure that all the girls can take part in a well organised and fun event, and ensure it will continue to be a firm fixture on the ski racing calendar.

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