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Shuswap skiers tops

Two Shuswap skiers came tops at the annual Sovereign Lake Loppet on Silver Star Mountain this weekend.

Thomas Hardy, of the Larch Hills ski club in Salmon Arm, won the men’s 30 km race in 1:21 hours – well ahead of the next skier.

“I just went out for an easy 30 km, didn’t want to go too hard and blow myself up,” Hardy said at the finish. “I’ve got nationals to go to Thursday.”

The nationals take place in Canmore, Alberta.

Among the women, Abigail May, who is also from Larch Hills ski club, was the fastest.

May skied the first 29 km with two men but left them behind on the final hill.

“I’d say thanks for pulling me along and skiing with me, but yeah, you gotta work up on those uphills,” she laughed at the end of the race.

A total of 240 skiers took part in the loppet, including some from as far as the Yukon, Ontario, Texas and Australia.

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