With the help of some fairy liquid and a few buckets of water, St Mark’s Hill was transformed into a mountainous ski slope at the weekend.

People of all ages strapped on their ice blocks as the annual Surbiton Ski Sunday made its much-anticipated return.

Daredevils and adrenaline junkies hoping to beat Swedish competitor Jesper Hedlend’s record-breaking time of 9.97 seconds last year were left disappointed, as some inconsiderate parking meant the course was shortened.

Kingston and Surbiton MP James Berry came to watch the day’s activities but sat out the races.

Thirty brave challengers took to the slope - some left with damp trousers after falling flat in the hazardous conditions.

Surbiton Ski Sunday, now in its seventh year, was organised by the State of Seething group and raised money for Shooting Star Children’s Hospice.

Surrey Comet:

How's your balance? One skier braves the treacherous slope

Surrey Comet reporters did not shy away from the challenge, with reporter Jon Mitchell skiing down the Surbiton slope with a time of 18 seconds, ahead of colleagues Ellie Cambridge and Rachael Burford who racked up timings of over half a minute each.

Reporter Miss Cambridge said: “I’ve been excited about taking part since I started covering Surbiton.

“I’m a bit disappointed with my time, but am glad to have got down the slope without falling.

“Next year I’ll be aiming to fly down.”

Surrey Comet:

A skier is given a helping hand accross the finish line

Eventual winner Griff Williams won a ski holiday to France with his 9.97 second victory.

After the last person had flung themselves down the slippery ski slope, vats of leek and potato soup were boiled up from donations of either vegetable from attendees in preparation of a hearty apres ski meal in Claremont Gardens.

Stalls and live music continued the fun into the afternoon.