SPEED SKATING: There was a healthy haul of trophies and medals earned by members of a West Norfolk speed skating club at an event at Birmingham Wheels racetrack.
Wisbech Skaters’ eight-strong team were in action throughout the day.
All categories started with 500m races, with eight year old Taylor Barker starting the first race of the day. He crashed, causing the race to be halted and re-started but didn’t show any signs of being flustered as he dusted himself off to finish third.
Flynn McGurk and Lucy McInerney picked up first and third places respectively in their Category 3 race, matched by Eve McInerney in Category 1, being the only female in a very competitive field.
Overall category results saw third place finishes for Taylor Barker in Category 6, Arthur Buckler in Category 5, Lucy McInerney in Category 3 and Jo Tidman in the Masters Ladies.
Flynn McGurk took overall first place in Category 3.
Rat racers and siblings Kirby and Leah Barker did well in their three races with Leah finishing first in all three.
Arthur Buckler triumphed in the Mini Boys half-mile race in a hard-fought competition in rising track temperatures.
The main events of the day, and the most gruelling under the weather conditions, were the one-mile races.
The women’s event for the Barbara Woodley Trophy was won by Eve McInerney, who finished half a lap clear of the field of Senior Ladies. Her twin sister Lucy came over the finish line third. Remarkably, the record for this event was set more than 50 years ago on wooden-wheeled quad skates and stands at two minutes, 46.2 seconds. McInerney finished the race in three minutes, 40 seconds.
Mike McInerney was second in the Les Woodley Trophy race among a highly competitive senior men’s field
Great Britain representative Eve McInerney is now looking forward to her trip to Portugal at the beginning of July for the European Championships.
The team train on Saturday at Wisbech Skaters in Walpole Highway.
Visit between 5-7pm to find out about how to join.