Last weekend, a handful of the RTRB trekked down to Goodwood, West Sussex to take part in a charity roller marathon hosted by The Camberley Skaters in aid of the NSPCC. Driving Destructor, Hermaphrodite, Mollie Cosh & Ruby Hurl pulled up to the old motorcar race track in Driving’s Thunder Wheels, cramped up & nervous, but raring to put their derby eights on the tarmac and skate for victory! Okay, nobody was going to win gold, but they were all hell-bent on skating as many of the 2.42 mile-long laps as possible.
Goodwood Roller Marathon is the largest in the UK and attracts skaters young and old from every reach of the country. A array of disciplines were in attendance this year, from speed skaters with super long inlines, to fellow quaddies, long boarders and ski-polers. RTRB were proud to be part of the Roller Derby contingent, alongside some of the London Rockin’ Rollers who also started in this years race.
The course was tough work on quads, and slaughtering gale force winds made it even tougher. Situated in the middle of the track was a live airstrip, so vintage airplanes were flying in to land as the RTRB made way round the old circuit, the rain clouds threatening to open above; ‘What about our bearings?!’ It was a great craic.
A big cheers to all the great folk involved in establishing this awesome fixture in the skating calendar, and well done to the girls for their first long distance skate, who between them managed to clock up their milage to a massive 87.12 – two full marathons from Hermaphrodite and Ruby, and two halves (plus a few!) from Mollie and Driving.. Well done!
x Ruby Hurl x