British champion skier Jack Harvard Taylor on his perfect Surrey weekend
PUBLISHED: 16:37 03 January 2013 | UPDATED: 22:35 20 February 2013
A rising star in the specialist discipline of telemark skiing, which combines giant slalom, jumping and cross-country, Jack Harvard Taylor, 23, became the new British champion last season.
Originally published in Surrey Life magazine December 2012
A rising star in the specialist discipline of telemark skiing, which combines giant slalom, jumping and cross-country, Jack Harvard Taylor, 23, became the new British champion last season. Living in leafy Virginia Water, he doesnt have the advantage of being in the mountains but, come the weekend, can often be found training at Wentworths Tennis and Health Club or running around the lake at Virginia Water
As both a student and an athlete, during the winter months my weekends usually fill up quickly, so a relaxing weekend at home in Virginia Water is a real treat.
Having grown up and lived in leafy Virginia Water all my life, I have a strong group of close friends in the surrounding area who I take the time to catch up with when Im not back at university (Im currently in my final year at Bristol UWE reading Business Studies) or competing on the demanding World Cup circuit. On a Friday evening, I will often head over Callow Hill to my local pub, the Rose and Olive Branch, which serves a wide variety of interesting English ales and has a good atmosphere; a pleasant change from the usual grimy student venues Im subjected to during term time!
When Im not away competing on snow, it is important that I stay fit and strong, so much of Saturday morning is spent at Wentworth Club, training at its superb facilities. I will typically do a heavy weights session followed by a leisurely swim before relaxing in the sauna with a copy of the Daily Telegraph. Sometimes, in the afternoon, I will jump on the train from Virginia Water and head up to London to meet with friends or alternatively cycle into Windsor for a cup of tea and a piece of cake in one of the cafs in the old station area.
Cooking up a storm
I love entertaining people at home in the evenings and Im fortunate enough to have a food writer as a mother (Tessa Harvard Taylor) so there is no shortage of inspiration in the kitchen. I find cooking a great way to unwind and I enjoy experimenting with different seasonal ingredients from The Farm Shop in Lyne, Chertsey. There, they sell the freshest produce from local farmers in the Runnymede area.
Sundays tend to be a little more relaxed. With Virginia Water Lake just down the road, I can usually be found running through the beautiful and historic Savill Gardens and around the lake. When I have my girlfriend Rose down for the weekend, we occasionally go out for lunch at my favourite Italian restaurant, La Piazzetta, or otherwise I make a simple salad at home, catch-up on e-mails and continue planning for
the ski season.
As an elite athlete, my body needs plenty of rest before starting the following weeks intensive training, so I usually sink a protein shake before going to bed, around ten oclock most nights.
- To find out more about Jack Harvard Taylor, visit his website, jackharvardtaylor.com, and follow his progress on the FIS World Cup circuit on Twitter at @JackHTaylor