Wisbech speed skater Michael McInerney off to World Roller Games in Barcelona with Great Britain in Masters Marathon 26 miles
Wisbech speed skater Michael McInerney next week tackles the World Roller Games in Barcelona where he has been selected to represent Great Britain in the speed skating Masters Marathon of 26 miles.
The race is the final event of the Roller Games and is being held in the city centre where the organisers are expecting huge crowds.
It is a hotly anticipated finale with more than 1,200 skaters competing for the coveted titles in the various categories.
Michael is back from injury at the European Masters marathon in London in June when he was forced to pull out of the competition after completing just a handful of miles, so he is fit and strong and eager to make amends after the bitter disappointment in London.
"I have been training more or less every day since January for this, so to finish the way I did was so disappointing" said Michael.
Skating since the age of six, Michael is no stranger to international competition.
He became European champion in 1987 after winning the 3,000 metres event in France as well as being selected to represent Great Britain over the years and has competed in countries including Colorado Springs, Spain, The Azores, Sicily, Germany, Portugal, Holland, France and Belgium.
He currently holds the British records in the Masters category for the 1,000m, 3,000m and 5,000m track events, and 20,000km in the Senior men's road series, and has 50 British titles to his name.
The Barcelona event runs from July 4 to 14 – https://www.wrg2019.com/
Michael at the European Masters Marathon in London 2019 (Photo: Jo Tidman.)
Michael in training. (Jo Tidman.)
1992 World Championships, Italy. Michael is 3rd from the left. (British Skating Legends archives.)