Speed skaters show form ahead of British championships

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Inline speed skaters from Wisbech continued their British outdoor championship preparations with a busy June.

Club members took part in events at Birmingham and London where they scooped a host of medals and trophies to add to their ever-expanding collection.

At the Birmingham Wheels skate track, Arthur Buckler, 6, won the prestigious and coveted Danny Kelly Trophy in the Inter Category Knockout race.

All competitors, young and old, entered the race and young Buckler pipped everyone else on the line to take the trophy back home to Wisbech for a third successive year.

The day proved to be an eventful one with coach Mike McInerney suffering a rare crash.

However, he still managed to bring home a podium place along with team-mates Flynn McGurk, Eve McInerney, Oli Johnson and Buckler in their respective category races. The following week, the team travelled to Tatem Park in London.

McInerney, still sore from his previous week’s crash, found himself on the podium in second place after a hard-fought 5,000 metres points race in the over 16 category.

Winners of the day were James Eve, taking first overall in category five during his rookie year of competition, along with Flynn McGurk who claimed first overall in category four.

Dylan Taylor joined Flynn on the podium for his third-place finish while Johnson took second place in category three.

Flynn brought the last trophy home with second in his age category race.

The team were also joined by members Nathan Steel, Jo Tidman and Warren Eve at both events.

Team coach Mike McInerney travelled to Dijon, France, for the European Masters Marathon where he finished in a respectable 19th place when representing Great Britain.