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Wisbech skate siblings Leah and Taylor make clean sweep


By Pete Woodhouse


The trio of back to back races for Wisbech Inline Speed Skaters came to an end at the weekend with a visit to Tatem Park in Enfield.

Ten members took to the oval track in glorious sunshine to compete with teams from Birmingham, East Midlands, Essex and London in three category races with skaters of similar abilities, and one age category race each.

Siblings Leah and Taylor Barker made a clean sweep in their category races with three wins apiece, and both finished second in their age category races, with huge improvements in racing form.

Team photo L-R back row Warren Eve, Tiago Fougo, Lucy McInerney, Mike McInerney, James Eve, Dylan Taylor. Front row Taylor Barker, Arthur Buckler and Leah Barker. (2439991)
Team photo L-R back row Warren Eve, Tiago Fougo, Lucy McInerney, Mike McInerney, James Eve, Dylan Taylor. Front row Taylor Barker, Arthur Buckler and Leah Barker. (2439991)

Youth skater Warren Eve, 16, impressed with three first places in Category 2. Warren put on a strong display alongside team-mate Tiago Fougo in the 3,000m where they finished first and second respectively. Both also took part in the tough 5,000m, the final race of the day, which saw team coach Mike McInerney finish a split second behind winner Bobby Ball from Essex. Mike also finished in overall second spot in Cat 1.

Dylan Taylor, Arthur Buckler and James Eve, all competing together in Cat 3, took the top three places respectively. Arthur and James also won their own age category races – Mini boys and Cadet boys.

Lucy McInerney took a well-earned silver medal for the Junior Girls 3,000m.

In Category 1 Flynn McGurk hit the floor hard after an on-track incident between two rival skaters during the 1,500m which controversially took out half of the pack!

Flynn and Mike fell from leading the race after Flynn impressed by moving up to second place behind leader Mike who re-started and eventually finished in second. But the injured Flynn was out of competition for the rest of the day.

Next is the British Championships in mid-June in Birmingham.



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