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Wisbech speed skaters strike gold at British championships




Wisbech Inline Speed Skating Club members earned 21 gold medals at the Indoor British Championships, which they hosted at Skaters Roller Rink in Walpole Highway.

Skaters from across the country took part in the annual event, with the 14-strong West Norfolk team proving a force to be reckoned with on their home track.

Starting off the day were the flying lap dobbin sprints, where Mike McInerney put in a blistering lap time of 7.94 seconds to beat all competition on the day and took the British Champion crown.

The Wisbech Inline Speed Skating Club team (from left), back: David Billington, Karl Bates, Mike McInerney, Flynn McGurk, Lucy McInerney and Eve McInerney. Front: Graham Freear, Taylor Barker, Arthur Buckler, Leah Barker, Kirby Barker and Jo Tidman.
The Wisbech Inline Speed Skating Club team (from left), back: David Billington, Karl Bates, Mike McInerney, Flynn McGurk, Lucy McInerney and Eve McInerney. Front: Graham Freear, Taylor Barker, Arthur Buckler, Leah Barker, Kirby Barker and Jo Tidman.

Ten-year-old Leah Barker was awarded the win in her category for the dobbin sprint after arch rival Sophie Cook from SWF crashed out and Leah proved faster than the rest of the Pupil Girls. Karl Bates in the Masters Men category found himself on the top spot in the dobbin sprint after the top three finished within 400ths of a second of each other.

Kirby Barker, the youngest skater in the Wisbech team, made a clean sweep in each of his races in the Mini Boys to become British Champion four times over, as did Arthur Buckler in the Pupil Boys category.

Flynn McGurk, skating on his own in the Junior Boys category, pulled the pin and beat the standing results to earn himself an overall British Championship win. Also winning all her races was Lucy McInerney, beating her East Midlands rival with ease.

Taylor Barker (front) and Arthur Buckler (32036083)
Taylor Barker (front) and Arthur Buckler (32036083)

Taylor Barker put in a very impressive display in the Pupil Boys category, chasing the tail of Arthur Buckler and finishing in second place in each race.

Mike McInerney found himself disqualified in his final race after a rash move on the inside from rival Dan King took the pair out on a corner in their fast 1,500m race.

The final events of the day were the relay races. Taylor and Arthur paired up and destroyed the opposition in an impressive display, to finish in first place. Twin sisters Lucy and Eve McInerney also put in a strong display to take the victory in the Ladies relay race. The final race was the Men’s relay race, which saw Mike McInerney and Flynn McGurk team up once more to take the win with ease.

The team earned themselves 21 gold medals with 25 British titles. The 2020 Indoor British Champions are Leah Barker, Kirby Barker, Arthur Buckler, Taylor Barker, Flynn McGurk, Lucy McInerney, Eve McInerney, Mike McInerney and Karl Bates.


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