Wisbech club has five British skating champions

Flynn McGurk (left) Warren Eve.
Flynn McGurk (left) Warren Eve.

Wisbech Speed Skaters now have five British champions.

The 13-strong team travelled to Maldon in Essex for the British Indoor Inline Championships and came home with a host of medals and trophies. 

Seven-year-old Arthur Buckler charged to the line in an impressive time of 14.678 seconds to win first place in 100 metre time trials.

Flynn McGurk from Tilney St Lawrence narrowly missed out on a medal position by one tenth of a second, finishing 4th ahead of team mates Warren Eve and Dylan Taylor. Eve McInerney won gold in her time trial with an impressive 12.192 time. Her twin sister, Lucy, narrowly missed out on the medals and came fourth after a long break from the sport.

Jo Tidman from Tilney St Lawrence improved her time from last year, and came third in the Masters Ladies TT.

Coach Glen Brown achieved third in the Masters Men TT following a year out of competitive racing.

Coach Mike McInerney narrowly missed out on a medal by two tenths of a second in the highly spirited senior category. Karl Bates and Charlotte Stapleton made their British championship debuts in the competitive senior categories along with Graham Freear in the Masters Men’s category.

Newcomer Taylor Barker (8) in the Rat Races eased to his first ever competition victory.

His mum Jenny praised the club: “Thank you for letting Taylor take part this weekend, he loves it and can’t wait to compete again!”

Arthur became overall British champion in the Mini Boys category by winning 200m and 500m races, bringing home three gold medals and a trophy. Eve became overall British champion in the Junior Girls after finishing first and third in the 500m and 1500m respectively. Along with her first position in the TT’s she brought home gold and bronze medals.

More bronze medals were won by Mike in the Men’s Senior events, and Jo in the Masters Ladies in the 500m and 1500m. Jo said: “I had a game plan in mind. My rival was quick on the straights but I dug deep to secure my podium hat-trick.”

In the relay races, Cadet boys Flynn McGurk and Warren Eve put up an amazing fight, holding a strong second place for 19 laps with Flynn sprinting to gold making the boys British champions – a first for WISS since the cup was awarded in 1961! The Junior Girls Relay team, Eve and Lucy McInerney, eased to victory to become British champions too. Coaches, Mike and Glen, made up the Senior Men’s relay team, putting in an impressive performance against tough competition.

The team are training for outdoor races starting in mid-April in preparation for the British Outdoor Championships in July.