High speed action as athletes from across the eastern region compete for skating trophies

PUBLISHED: 15:48 18 February 2019 | UPDATED: 16:20 18 February 2019

Wisbech Inline Speed Skaters Back row: Warren Eve, Kyla Usher, Mike McInerney, Karl Bates, David Billington, James Eve, Flynn McGurk. Middle row: Lucy McInerney, Luke Frary, Eve McInerney, Kayleigh Rye, Jo Tidman, Glen Brown. Front row: Leah Barker, James Garwell, Arthur Buckler, Kirby Barker, Taylor Barker.

Wisbech Inline Speed Skaters Back row: Warren Eve, Kyla Usher, Mike McInerney, Karl Bates, David Billington, James Eve, Flynn McGurk. Middle row: Lucy McInerney, Luke Frary, Eve McInerney, Kayleigh Rye, Jo Tidman, Glen Brown. Front row: Leah Barker, James Garwell, Arthur Buckler, Kirby Barker, Taylor Barker.

Jo Tidman

Skating athletes from across the eastern region came to the Fens for a contest to find fastest champions.

Wisbech Inline Speed Luke Frary, David Billington, Jo Tidman, Karl Bates, Mark Bingham. Picture: JO TIDMANWisbech Inline Speed Luke Frary, David Billington, Jo Tidman, Karl Bates, Mark Bingham. Picture: JO TIDMAN

Wisbech Inline Speed Skaters hosted the event at Skaters Roller Rink in Walpole Highway for the team’s home race.

Teams from Essex, South Woodham, London and East Midlands joined them for high speed action.

Following the high octane action, the Fen team are hard in training for the British Championships on March 9.

Jo Tidman said: “The event saw all categories take part in a two or three lap sprint race followed by distance races and finished off with a dobbin sprint.

Wisbech Inline Speed Skaters Flynn McGurk, Eve McInerney, Warren Eve. Picture: JO TIDMANWisbech Inline Speed Skaters Flynn McGurk, Eve McInerney, Warren Eve. Picture: JO TIDMAN

“The event resumed in the evening and the club introduced some special event trophies for long distance races.”

Under 16’s had a 25-lap race for the McInerney Trophy , named after the club’s long-standing veteran skater and team coach.

The over 16’s had a gruelling 50-lap race to compete for the Doggett Trophy, named after Hughie Doggett, a much-loved and respected member of the club since its founding days.

The day saw some exciting racing, with Eve McInerney taking a triumphant win in the three-lap sprint race in a very fast and tough category one.

Wisbech Inline Speed Skaters James Garwell, Taylor Barker, Kayleigh Rye, James Eve, Arthur Buckler. Picture: JO TIDMAN	Wisbech Inline Speed Skaters James Garwell, Taylor Barker, Kayleigh Rye, James Eve, Arthur Buckler. Picture: JO TIDMAN

James Eve was evenly matched with Arthur Buckler in category two where the two boys shared first and second places in the main events including the 25 lap race.

Arthur finished in overall first with James a very close second place.

In the Masters Mens category it was a whitewash of WISS podium places with David Billington in overall first place, Luke Frary in second and Karl Bates in third, while Jo Tidman took her maiden victories in two events which saw her take overall first place in the Masters Ladies.

Kayleigh Rye made her race debut in an all-WISS category two, where she finished in overall third place.

The youngest team member, Kirby Barker, showed improvements in his racing and finished in overall third place against older and more experienced skaters.

The dobbin sprints saw Mike McInerney triumph in first place with a time of 7.93 seconds with Flynn McGurk finishing in third place.

The final event of the day was a fast-paced 50 lap race.

Jo said: “Sadly Mike McInerney crashed out with two laps to go after an on-track incident with Essex rival Bobby Ball, which gave way for Flynn McGurk to battle it out at the front with Dan King, also from Essex.

“Flynn took the inside line and pipped Dan at the line for the victory. Warren Eve finished in a strong third place behind them.”

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