Wisbech Speed Skaters bring home a haul of medals and a couple of titels from British championships
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Wisbech speed skater Mike McInerney had a champion weekend competition in the British Inline Speed Skating Outdoor Championships scooping two titles and breaking two records.
The former European champion and team coach for Wisbech Speed Skaters completed the Masters 5,000m points race in first position gaining him the title of British Champion.
To add to this success, he also broke the British Record finishing in a respectable 8mins 59secs.
Mike was delighted with his achievement and said after the race: “Anything under nine minutes is good, especially when you’re out in front on your own with no-one to draft!”
Mike’s success didn’t stop there. He broke the record in the Masters 1,000m to become British Champion and won first place in both the 500m and Masters relay race with race partner Graham Freear, who was enjoying being on the top step of the podium in his first ever speed skating race bringing home a gold medal.
Fellow team skaters also saw success over the event held in Birmingham (July 9/10).
Silver medallists in the team were Eve McInerney: in the 500m, 1000m and 3000m elimination races and Flynn McGurk category in the 500m and 2,000m points race.
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Bronze medallists were: Oli Johnson in the 1,000m and Flynn McGurk in the 3,000m elimination.
Team members Flynn McGurk, Dylan Taylor and Warren Eve teamed up for the pupil boys relay race and finished in a respectable 3rd place bringing home more bronze medals.
The full team were: Mike McInerney, Eve McInerney, Oli Johnson, Flynn McGurk, Dylan Taylor, Warren Eve, James Eve, James Garwell and Arthur Buckler.
The team faced stiff competition in all categories and the races were tough.
Mike said afterwards: “Well done to everyone who raced this weekend, you should all be very proud of yourselves. All the training over the last few months came together. Keep up the good work.”
The team are now focusing their attention on the British Inline Marathon to be held at the Velopark at the Olympic Stadium on August 28.
The team train at Skaters Roller Skating Rink in Walpole Highway every Saturday from 5pm to 7pm. If you want to check out the team, see what it’s all about or fancy giving it a go, pop along to the rink.