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Youngest competitor Taylor heads Wisbech Inline Speed Skaters Barker podiums at Tatem Park in London


By Pete Woodhouse


The final of three back to back races was held on Sunday at Tatem Park in London and hosted some fantastic racing for Wisbech Inline Speed Skaters.

Eleven members took to the smooth surface banked track, and every member of the team came home with a medal, displaying mature and experienced racing from all.

Kirby Barker, the youngest member of the whole competition, showed how much he’s improved by pipping the third placed skater on the line in their 1,500km race. He finished third overall. Meanwhile, his brother, Taylor, put on an amazing display in Cat 3 to make a clean sweep of all three of his races to finish first overall.

Taylor Barker. (10912826)
Taylor Barker. (10912826)

Arthur Buckler was moved to a category higher (cat 2) and battled against far bigger skaters!

He took an epic win in the 3,000m and finished third overall in the category. He then won the 2,000m Pupil Boys age category race with Taylor finishing behind him in second.

Back row L-R Jo Tidman, Flynn McGurk, Lucy McInerney Mike McInerney, James Eve, Karl Bates, Luke Frary, Warren Eve. Front row: Arthur Buckler, Taylor Barker, Kirby Barker. (10912815)
Back row L-R Jo Tidman, Flynn McGurk, Lucy McInerney Mike McInerney, James Eve, Karl Bates, Luke Frary, Warren Eve. Front row: Arthur Buckler, Taylor Barker, Kirby Barker. (10912815)

James Eve, also in Cat 2, showed consistency in his racing by finishing overall in second place, making a sprint to the line in the 3,000m race to finished 2nd.

Flynn McGurk and Warren Eve showed great strength by battling at the front of the highly competitive Category 1 pack with Mike McInerney during the 3km race but finished just off the podium. Flynn, along with Lucy McInerney, won the 5,000m races in each of their age categories with Warren a close second in the Junior boys category in the same race.

Luke Frary, James Eve, Lucy McInerney, Karl Bates. (10912828)
Luke Frary, James Eve, Lucy McInerney, Karl Bates. (10912828)

Mike McInerney had an immense battle with Essex rivals Bobby Ball and Daniel King during the 5,000m points race and finished in second place. He also took an overall third in Cat 1.

Finally, the Masters skaters had a successful outing. Luke Frary and Karl Bates finishing in second and third respectively, with Luke taking a third place in the 5,000m. Jo Tidman made a clean sweep in all three of her races, to finish on the top step of the podium.

Jo Tidman (10912817)
Jo Tidman (10912817)

Next up is the European Masters marathon for the older skaters in the team, to be held at London’s Olympic Park.

Report and photos by Jo Tidman

Team photo: Back, from left: Jo Tidman, Flynn McGurk, Lucy McInerney Mike McInerney, James Eve, Karl Bates, Luke Frary, Warren Eve. Front: Arthur Buckler, Taylor Barker, Kirby Barker.



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