Mark Hanretty

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Mark Hanretty
Chitwood Hanretty GBR FD NH2008.jpg
Chitwood/Hanretty at the 2008 Nebelhorn Trophy
Personal information
Full nameMark Hanretty
Country represented Great Britain
Born (1985-03-21) 21 March 1985 (age 37)
Erskine, Scotland
Height1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Former partnerChristina Chitwood
Lauren Bradshaw
Former coachJimmy Young
Sandy Hess
Former choreographerTom Dickson
Philip Askew
Skating clubiceSheffield
Began skating1995
ISU personal best scores
Combined total134.98
2009 Europeans
Comp. dance23.75
2009 Europeans
Original dance44.56
2009 Europeans
Free dance66.67
2009 Europeans

Mark Hanretty (born 21 March 1985) is a Scottish former competitive ice dancer who represented the United Kingdom with Christina Chitwood. They are two-time (2008, 2010) British medalists and competed at the 2009 European Championships, placing 18th and 2010 World championships in Turin.

Competitive career[edit]

Hanretty began figure skating in 1995. As a single skater, he was coached by John Christie and Diane C. Dewar in Edinburgh and East Kilbride.[1] He switched to ice dancing in 2004.[2] He competed briefly with Lauren Bradshaw.

Hanretty and American ice dancer Christina Chitwood decided to team up on 31 December 2005 and began training together properly in May 2006.[3] Their training was disrupted by Chitwood's contraction of mononucleosis (glandular fever). They made their debut in January 2007 at the British Championships at the National Ice Centre in Nottingham, England, finishing in 7th place.

Chitwood/Hanretty won bronze at the 2008 British Championships at IceSheffield in Sheffield in January 2008. In the summer of 2008, they were selected by the National Ice Skating Association (NISA) to join the Great Britain Squad (also known as Team Skate G.B.). This enabled them to represent Great Britain in elite international competitions. In September 2008, Chitwood/Hanretty made their international debut at the 2008 Nebelhorn Trophy in Oberstdorf, Germany, where they placed 10th. In November of that same year, they won the bronze medal in their second international competition, the Pavel Roman Memorial in Olomouc, Czech Republic.

Chitwood/Hanretty placed 4th at the 2009 British Championships at the National Ice Centre in Nottingham, in January 2009. However, their international success earlier in the season enabled them to qualify for the 2009 European Championships in Helsinki, Finland. At the event, they competed alongside the first-ranked British team, Sinead Kerr / John Kerr, and finished 18th.

In autumn 2009, Chitwood/Hanretty placed 8th at the 2009 Nebelhorn Trophy in Oberstdorf, Germany, fourth at the Ice Challenge in Graz, Austria, third at the 2009 NRW Trophy in Dortmund, Germany, and fourth at the Mont Blanc Trophy in Courmayeur, Italy. In November 2009, Chitwood/Hanretty won the bronze medal at the 2010 British Championships at IceSheffield in Sheffield. They were ranked third overall in the 2009–10 NISA National Rankings, based on the personal best scores achieved during the 2009–2010 season. They retired from competition in 2010.[4]

Chitwood/Hanretty received funding from the Lloyds TSB Local Heroes initiative.

Later career[edit]

In 2011 and 2012, Hanretty appeared on ITV's Dancing on Ice.[4] He was partnered with Nadia Sawalha in series 6 in 2011. They were voted out early along with Angela Rippon and Sean Rice. In series 7 in 2012, Hanretty was partnered with Rosemary Conley. They were the 6th couple eliminated. Hanretty skated with Oona King in series 8 in 2013. On 20 January 2013, he dislocated his shoulder as he was about to perform the survival skate but a doctor moved it back into place and the couple completed the performance.[5] They were eliminated at the end of the show.

On 21 November 2017, it was confirmed that Hanretty would return to Dancing on Ice when the show returned for its tenth series in January 2018. His partner was Donna Air. In 2019, he was partnered with Saira Khan, and 2020, he was partnered with Libby Clegg. In 2021, he was paired with Billie Shepherd. They had to withdraw from the competition in Week 4, due to Billie sustaining a head injury during training. For the 2022 season he was paired with Kimberly Wyatt.

In 2012, Hanretty won the Young Artists Showcase, a choreography competition in the United States.[6] He works as a coach and choreographer, based mainly in Sheffield, England.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Hanretty was born in Erskine, near Glasgow in Scotland.[7] He lives with his wife, Kathy – a skating coach – in Nottinghamshire.[4][8] Their son, Lukasz, was born 2 February 2013.[9][6]


(with Chitwood)

Season Original dance Free dance
Scottish folk:
2007–2008 Scottish folk:

Competitive highlights[edit]

(with Christina Chitwood)

Event 06–07 07–08 08–09 09–10
Worlds 23rd
Europeans 18th
Ice Challenge 4th
Pavel Roman Memorial 3rd
Mont Blanc Trophy 4th
Nebelhorn Trophy 10th 8th
NRW Trophy 3rd
British Champ. 7th 3rd 4th 3rd
Scottish Champ. 5th

(with Lauren Bradshaw)

Event 2004–05
British Championships 2nd J.
J. = Junior level

Detailed competitive results[edit]

(with Christina Chitwood)

Event Season Compulsory Dance (CD) Original Dance (OD) Free Dance (FD) Combined Total Score
European Figure Skating Championships 2008 – 2009 23.75 44.56 66.67 134.98
British Figure Skating Championships 2009 – 2010 27.14 48.87 76.38 152.39
British Figure Skating Championships 2008 – 2009 20.03 45.52 67.51 133.06
British Figure Skating Championships 2007 – 2008 23.83 48.25 73.05 145.13
British Figure Skating Championships 2006 – 2007 15.99 34.17 57.11 107.27
Mont Blanc Trophy 2009 – 2010 28.12 45.16 71.36 144.64
NRW Trophy 2009 – 2010 29.46 49.25 77.34 156.05
Ice Challenge 2009 – 2010 28.30 47.20 74.65 150.15
Pavel Roman Memorial 2008 – 2009 27.32 46.77 70.08 144.17
Nebelhorn Trophy 2009 – 2010 29.02 45.06 72.14 146.22
Nebelhorn Trophy 2008 – 2009 25.55 41.50 64.98 132.03


  1. ^ "Mark HANRETTY: 2003/2004". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 25 February 2010.
  2. ^ Greenaway, Heather (15 January 2012). "Dancing on Ice's Scots skater Mark Hanretty insists partner Rosemary Conley is fittest on show". Sunday Mail (Scotland).
  3. ^ Frank, Karen (July 2007). "Christina Chitwood & Mark Hanretty". Archived from the original on 11 October 2007.
  4. ^ a b c Brannen, Sarah S.; Meekins, Drew (8 June 2012). "The Inside Edge: Young Artists Showcase". Icenetwork.
  5. ^ "Dancing on Ice drama as Mark Hanretty injures shoulder on ice". STV. 20 January 2013.
  6. ^ a b c Elfman, Lois (5 February 2015). "Hanretty finds inspiration in teaching choreography". IceNetwork.
  7. ^ a b "Christina CHITWOOD / Mark HANRETTY: 2009/2010". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 30 June 2010.
  8. ^ Greenaway, Heather (13 January 2013). "Dancing on Ice star Mark Hanretty reveals filming for TV show could mean he misses arrival of his first baby". Daily Record.
  9. ^ "Dancing on Ice Scottish star Mark Hanretty reveals his joy at becoming a dad during the show". Daily Record. 10 March 2013.
  10. ^ "Christina CHITWOOD / Mark HANRETTY: 2008/2009". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 24 May 2009.
  11. ^ a b "Competition Results: Christina CHITWOOD / Mark HANRETTY". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 15 October 2012.

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