With the free outdoor skate events such as the LFNS, London Skate and ESS there really hasn't been a reason to attend a Skating Heaven event at the Newham Leisure Centre for the last year and half. I much prefer the freedom of the outside environment. Having said that I don't dislike the roller disco, especially the nice smooth surfaces!
A group of us went from the street scene to this Skating Heaven over 18's evening. The start time is now 22:00 to 02:00, so I was a little disappointed that I would only be able to stay for half the session because of last tubes. (Bring on the 24 hour tube service!). It's a shame that after my 18 month absence that the music was still the same stagnant playlist, but the place was busy and everyone seemed happy so I guess there's no reason to vary a winning formula.
One thing I'm glad they still held is the short speed skating session so we can really stretch out our legs. The practice with LSST the previous week was still fresh in my mind, but this time I was on my recreational skates so I could comfortably get low to the ground as I was crossovering. I was nearly touching the ground with my hands as I shot around. Well in my head I was, would be good to see a photo or video to compare that feeling to the actual reality. All the same it felt good!
In fact the whole evening was good and it was great to see some familiar faces I hadn't seen in a long time.
(Just please update that playlist!).
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