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First race of 2019 season is eventful with indoor skating rink slippery for all

By Pete Woodhouse

The Wisbech Inline Speed Skating team travelled to Derby for the first race of the 2019 season and it proved an eventful day.

The floor at the indoor skating rink in Derby was slippery for all racers and the event was littered with high speed spills.

Nevertheless, the 12-strong Wisbech team brought home some positive results. Arthur Buckler, Luke Frary and Mike McInerney all finished in overall 1st places in their respective categories.

Six members improved their flying lap time from last year at the same track, with Luke and Arthur shaving off almost a second from last year’s times.

Other medallists were Karl Bates and Jo Tidman, finishing in second place in their categories, and James Eve finishing in overall third in his category. James was awarded a second position in his second race after an on-track incident left team-mate Lucy McInerney demoted to third.

Flynn McGurk was disqualified early on in his second race of the day, a gruelling six-minute race in the fastest category, robbing him of showing his potential.

Warren Eve disappointingly crashed out of a solid third place in the same race with just two laps to go and narrowly missed out on a podium finish after a mature first race saw him finish in third.

The day ended with an exciting 20-minute relay race which saw the Wisbech team take a comfortable win.

The team are now looking forward to their home race at Skaters Roller Rink on February 16. Racing starts from around 9am.

Please visit their website for up-to-date info and news www.wisbechinlinespeed.co.uk

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

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