Good start to new year for Wisbech skaters

The Wisbech team that competed at the weekend. Picture: Jo Tidman

The Wisbech team that competed at the weekend. Picture: Jo Tidman - Credit: Archant

Wisbech Inline Speed Skaters have started the 2018 race season in fine form.

The team travelled to Derby to compete in a two-day event. The first events o were a more relaxed affair than they're used to with a new format of fun racing consisting of teams of three skaters competing in team Dobbin Sprints (flying lap), team relays and team pursuits with a total of 12 skaters from Wisbech.

The Sunday race schedule was more familiar with the usual category races, and started the day off with individual Dobbin sprints, followed by two races for each category. Taylor Barker, 9, eased to victory to finish first overall in Cat 5 to bring home his first ever trophy. Arthur Buckler, 8, also finished in overall first in Cat 4 to add to his trophy collection. Teenagers Dylan Taylor and Flynn McGurk finished overall third in Cats 3 & 2 respectively. Karl Bates made his Masters Men's Category debut and finished in an impressive overall third, with team coach Mike McInerney also finishing third in Cat 1.

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