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Did You Know...

... that Cool Runnings has a revitalizing reunion at the Tomscat Trophy?

Original Cool Runnings lineup
posted Jul 10th, 2019 - Most of the AA Class competition last weekend took place at the Tomscat Trophy in Hoogeeven, Netherlands. One British team, Funtastic 5, added scores to the Belgian/Dutch AA Class leaderboard.

The AA Class leaderboard was also the one where teams from the world champion country dominated. Phoenix from Belgium had to fend off four teams from the Netherlands to win the category, and especially Bad Habits were fighting back strongly.

The number of Belgian teams at the Tomscat Trophy increased significantly this year. Six teams from Belgium made the trip across the soft border between the two neighboring countries into the Netherlands. Last year, only Ayro had competed for the Belgium delegation at the Tomscat Trophy, two teams in 2017.

Only ISR Thunder was a visiting team from Belgium before that, although two team members were Dutch citizens. However, Thunder ISR was officially competing for Belgium and won the AAA Class competition at the Tomscat Trophy consecutively between 2011 and 2015. AA Class winner Phoenix is now the second Belgian team winning gold medals in the event's history.


July 6th, 2019
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Total Avg
Rank AA Class H,P,4 22,18 15,M,20 E,14,O G,6,1 A,9,C K,B,Q,7 13,8 11,L,F J,21,2 Total Avg
1 PhoenixBE 14    7 -1 7 -2 7 -4 8 -1 14 -1 10 -1 6 -3 9    10    92 9.2
2 Bad HabitsBE 13    6    5 -1 9 -1 8    11    10    7 -1 8    8    85 8.5
3 Cool Runnings RevitalisedNL 9    6 -1 5 -2 9    8    5 -3 10    7    9    7 -1 75 7.5
4 JoulzNL 7    6    4 -1 9    7    10    9    6    7    8    73 7.3
5 The Lost BoysNL 9    3    6    5 -1 4    9    7    7    6 -1 6 -1 62 6.2
6 Funtastic 5UK 3 -1 3    1    4    5    7    -    -    -    -    23 3.8
Phoenix - Bad Habits - Cool Runnings at the Tomscat Trophy
Cool Runnings between 2006 and 2014
One AA Class team was new in this category, at least since 2015. The new and only slightly different Cool Runnings lineup with one new member (Laura Surink) signed up for the AA Class competition, even though two team members (René Hoogland, Joost van Heijenoort) and videographer Jeroen van Dijk competed as the national 4-way team for the Netherlands at the FAI World Meet 2014 in Prostejov.

They had a revitalizing reunion with original Cool Runnings member Mike Lake last weekend, and Laura Surink was invited to join the party.

Laura Surink and Mike Lake both have no competition experiences in the AAA Class. Mike Lake was not in the active Cool Runnings lineup any longer when the team decided to use the Dutch invitation to compete for the Netherlands in Prostejov 2014. Cool Runnings had started in the Rookie Class of 2007 and continued in A and AA before the 2013 lineup (René Hoogland, Joost van Heijenoort, Tom van der Valk, Sjoerd van Son, Jeroen van Dijk on camera) decided to make the last step into the AAA Class.

Surprisingly even for themselves, they ended up as the Dutch national 4-way team for 2014 and traveled to the world meet in Prostejov, Czech Republic.


FAI World Meet 2014
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Total Avg
Rank AAA Class E,3,C,5 F,6,D,21 19,H,2 M,4,1 O,14,A,P 8,J,16 7,11,12 22,20,15 17,G,18 13,B,9 Total Avg
1 NMP-PCH Hayabusa  BE  32 29 25 25 33 25 22 18 26 29 264 26.4
2 Arizona Airspeed  US  31 27 25 24 31 23 22 17 24 29 253 25.3
3 Evolution  CA  31 28 24 22 28 23 20 21 25 27 249 24.9
4 VoltR  FR  24 26 18 23 26 20 20 13 24 21 215 21.5
5 Barkli  RU  24 23 20 22 25 21 19 16 18 26 214 21.4
6 Dubai Asaar Black  AE  18 20 17 17 20 14 15 13 17 20 171 17.1
7 Vision 99  UK  18 20 16 16 19 15 15 13 16 - 148 16.4
8 Paratec-Saar  DE  19 23 18 14 22 16 15 13 7 - 147 16.3
9 Rotor Out  AU  17 19 17 17 21 14 13 12 15 - 145 16.1
10 eX3MO  IT  18 17 16 15 17 15 14 11 14 - 137 15.2
11 VAF Warriors  DK  15 17 14 15 17 14 13 11 - - 116 14.5
12 Tigers  FI  13 16 16 17 12 13 11 12 - - 110 13.8
12 Savolo  ZA  15 16 16 13 14 14 11 11 - - 110 13.8
14 Sky Dragons  SI  15 14 13 13 15 12 11 9 - - 102 12.8
15 Final Edition  AT  14 16 12 12 12 14 9 11 - - 100 12.5
16 Magic 4  LT  14 11 14 13 15 12 12 8 - - 99 12.4
17 eXact  SE  11 15 11 13 13 11 11 9 - - 94 11.8
18 Cool Runnings  NL  13 14 13 9 10 9 10 9 - - 87 10.9
19 Lupus  EE  9 11 11 13 12 9 10 9 - - 84 10.5
20 Hungary  HU  9 9 10 12 13 8 8 7 - - 76 9.5

Cool Runnings at the FAI World Meet 2014 in Prostejov
Laura Surink was a member of the Dutch 20+ Project, which has now been discontinued. She was in the Team Red lineup throughout the 2018 season and trained and competed in the AA Class. Team Red won the AA Class competition at the ESL Championship 2018.

Cool Runnings attended nine outdoor meets in 2013 and 2014 in the AAA Class, including the world meet and the ESL Championship, before slowing down. They still had their annual reunions at a few meets between 2015 and 2017 before the colorful and historic team name disappeared from any leaderboards in 2018.

Cool Runnings continued to compete in the AAA Class whenever the AAA-trained 2013/2014 lineup was available, with one exception at the ISR Grand Prix 2014.

Last weekend, the lineup mix of AAA and RRR/A/AA members had their revitalizing reunion in the AA Class and finished exactly in the middle of the field.

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