Thrills and spills – but Wisbech club still come away with medals

Wisbech speed skaters, back row, from left: Eve McInerney, Dylan Taylor, Warren Eve, Mike McInerney,

Wisbech speed skaters, back row, from left: Eve McInerney, Dylan Taylor, Warren Eve, Mike McInerney, Flynn McGurk, James Eve. Front, Leah Barker, Taylor Barker, Arthur Buckler, Kirby Taylor. Picture: Matt Buckler - Credit: Archant

Wisbech Speed Skaters – following their success at the six-hour endurance race in Gravesend – headed south once again to Tatem Park in Enfield for their second race of the season at the outdoor skating track.

The day proved to be incident-packed with crashes included among the medals and trophies.

Dylan Taylor crashed from second place on the last lap of one of his races whilst trying for a last-corner dive underneath the race leader, denying him a finish and narrowly losing out on a podium place.

Eve McInerney was caught up in a crash during her 3,000m Cat 2 race, which was stopped for safety reasons. The race was then re-run and Eve proved victorious – she finished first overall in both Category 2 and Senior Ladies.

Flynn McGurk was an easy winner in his 2,000m Cat 3 race. The young skater sped from the start line to break away from the rest of the pack and finish in a well-deserved and maturely skated race. He also finished first in the 1,000m race and was joined by team-mates Warren Eve in second and Lucy McInerney third, making it a Wisbech whitewash on the podium. Flynn was first overall in Cat 3 with team-mate Warren finishing third.

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Seven-year-old Arthur Buckler finished in overall second place in Category 5 and also led his fellow Mini Boys competitors from the start to finish in first place, with James Eve also finishing first in the Scholar Boys' race.

The team were joined by coach Mike McInerney and siblings Taylor, Leah and Kirby Barker.

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The club has this week received confirmation that Wisbech Grammar School student Eve McInerney, 15, will be representing Great Britain at the European Championships to be held in Portugal during the first week of July. This was after she qualified in Germany earlier this year by recording an impressive time of four minutes 47 seconds in a 3,000m points race.

The team are now preparing for their next race back at Birmingham Wheels Race Track on Sunday, June 18.

The club trains every Saturday from 5pm to 7pm at Skaters Roller Rink in Walpole Highway.

For more information please call the rink on 01945 882048 or pop to the rink during training.

The club welcomes new members.

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