Wisbech Speed Skating Club, back from left: David Billington, Dylan Taylor, Mike McInerney, Glen Brown, Karl Bates, Graham Freear, Warren Eve. Middle: James Eve, Luke Frary, Lucy McInerney, Jo Tidman, Eve McInerney, Flynn McGurk. Front: Kirby Barker, Arthur Buckler, James Garwell, Maxwell Webb, Taylor Barker, Leah Barker. Picture: Jo Tidman.

SPEED SKATING: It has been a successful year of competition for West Norfolk’s speed skating club. The Walpole Highway-based Wisbech SSC ended the season on a high after a successful year of competition with the 20-strong team bringing home gold, silver and bronze medals, as well as trophies, new British records and British champion titles.

Team members also competed in Belgium, Germany and Portugal.

Highlights of the season included 16 year-old Eve McInerney being selected to represent Great Britain in the European Juniors Championships in Portugal. She had broken six British records in Germany to qualify. This was on top of her four British Championship gold medals.

Eight year-old Arthur Buckler became overall British Champion of 2017 in the boys’ mini category, and triumphed abroad in the Flanders grand Prix where he broke the record by 16 seconds. He was also voted FISS Skater of the Year for 2017 and shortlisted for the National Living Sports Awards.

The club also boasts British champions in the shape of Flynn McGurk, Warren Eve and Dylan Taylor for the boys’ relay teams for indoors and outdoors events, and twin sisters Eve and Lucy McInerney for their indoor relay.

In total the team accumulated 17 gold medals, 13 silvers and 19 bronzes in the British Championships. They have five British champions and have broken seven records in Europe.

Fund raising has now begun in earnest by a newly formed committee, to raise funds for an outdoor track as skaters have to travel to either Birmingham or London to compete on the only two dedicated outdoor skating tracks for the sport.

The club train on Saturdays at Skaters roller rink in Walpole Highway, 5pm, and new members, including novices, are welcome.