Winter Sports

RAF's Luke Farrar Celebrates Second Successive Inter Services Triumph

The rider came out on top ahead of tough competition from the Army, Navy and his fellow RAF teammates.

The RAF’s Senior Aircraftman Luke Farrar has successfully defended his Inter Services Luge Championship title.

Over two runs in Koenigssee, Germany, the RAF rider came out on top ahead of tough competition from the Army, Navy and his fellow RAF teammates.

After winning this competition at last year’s event, the pressure was on SAC Farrar to keep hold of the title.

He said: “I was definitely feeling the pressure especially after the first run where I made a mistake. I had a lot of ground to make up on a great slider like Ray Thompson from the Army.

“He’s taught me a lot this year and it was a really tight race on the second run. I had to give it all or nothing to win.”

Luge is a sport where there is a lot on the line, with high speeds and dangerous turns, but Farrar is determined to be the best.

He said: “You are hitting speeds in excess of over 125 miles per hour. It’s just exhilarating.

"You need a lot of physical courage and determination when you do have crashes. 

“I’m an experienced slider and I’ve come off my sled once or twice this week. You just have to motivate yourself, get back on and keep doing what you are doing.”

Farrar depends on help from not just his RAF teammates, but also the Army and Navy riders who all work together at the event.

“The good thing about luge is everyone wants to help each other," he said. "It’s a really good community and a close-knit family.”

His victory helped the RAF to win the team event for the second year in a row, which Farrar is proud of:

“It’s not just me who has done it for the team today, but loads of other people.

"It’s an impressive win for the RAF for the second year in a row which I believe is the first time it has been done in a long time.”