Men’s teams of WISS B finish eighth and A team are third
Wisbech Inline Speed Skaters tasted success on Sunday at the annual Six-Hour Endurance Race held in a sunny Gravesend in Kent.
Teams from across the country travelled for the event held at the Cyclopark. Wisbech entered three teams in total, two all-male teams of five and four members, and an all-female team of five. The 2.250km cycle track is extremely challenging with long up and downhill straights and includes left and right hand corners and hairpin bends, the right hand corners being particularly challenging for skaters as they always skate anti-clockwise!
The female team did exceptionally well and took a well-earned victory. Eve and Lucy McInerney and Kayleigh Rye were joined by Maya Bathgate from Essex and Heather James from the Midlands.
The men’s teams were split into WISS A and WISS B.
Team coach Glen Brown led WISS B team to a eighth place finish.
He was joined by David Billington, Graham Freear and Mark Bingham, this being Mark’s first ever outdoor race and only his second race with the team.
WISS A team was led by coach and veteran skater Mike McInerney and joined by Karl Bates and teenagers Warren Eve, Flynn McGurk and James Eve. They took third place on the podium behind two strong teams from Essex and London.
The team next travel to Enfield for a club race for the last of a trio of back-to-back races.
Report and photos by Jo Tidman.
Males, from left: James Eve, Glen Brown, Graham Freear, Karl Bates, Warren Eve, Mike McInerney, Mark Bingham, David Billington and Flynn McGurk.
Female team, from left: Eve McInerney, Kayleigh Rye, Lucy McInerney, Maya Bathgate and Heather James.