Wisbech Inline Speed Skating veteran Mike McInerney bags Barcelona World Roller Games fifth spot
Wisbech Inline Speed Skating veteran Mike McInerney took to the road in Barcelona at the weekend to race against the world’s best in the highly-anticipated Masters marathon race.
This was the final speed skating event of the week-long World Roller Games and proved to be the most exciting, joining the 13-strong GB team at the games.
The race was split into age categories with Mike in the men’s under-50 category for the 26-mile race on the streets of Barcelona. With a total of 341 men on the start line in various age categories, the race was action-packed.
Fifty skaters in the open category finished within a minute of eventual race winner Beddiaf Nolan from France, who completed the race in a time of 1hour and 55 seconds.
In the Masters category, four skaters made a break at the front and Mike was left with the remaining pack. He sprinted to the line to finish in fifth place in a time of 1 hour and 8 minutes, six minutes behind the Masters category winner.
The result means that Mike holds the highest finishing position in a single race for the GB team, just shy of the podium. He also obtains a PB over his marathon result from last year at the British Marathon Championships, which was completed in a time of 1 hour and 13 minutes.
Mike said: “Thanks for everyone’s support and help in getting me fit,” after the team were full of praise for the veteran skater.
He now leads the Wisbech team into the outdoor British Championships this weekend in London.
Photo, centre: Mike McInerney leads fellow GB team mate Dylan Scrivens.
Photo by Diccon Scrivens.
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