The WISS team at Derby. Back, from left: Lucy McInerney, Flynn McGurk, James Eve, Warren Eve, Karl Bates, Mike McInerney, Luke Frary, Jo Tidman. Front: Taylor Barker, Arthur Buckler, Leah Barker and Kirby Barker.

SPEED SKATING: West Norfolk skaters mastered a tricky surface in Derby to enjoy plenty of success in an eventful first race day of the season.

The 12-strong team from Walpole Highway-based Wisbech Inline Speed Skating club battled well on a day littered with high-speed spills. 

Arthur Buckler, Luke Frary and Mike McInerney finished overall first in their categories. Six members improved their flying lap time from last year at the same track with Frary and Buckler shaving off almost a second from last year.

Other medallists were Karl Bates and Jo Tidman, who finished second, and James Eve, who was third. 

Eve being awarded second position in his second race after an on-track incident left team-mate Lucy McInerney demoted to third. 

Flynn McGurk was disqualified in his second race of the day, a gruelling six-minute race in the fastest category, robbing him of showing his potential. Warren Eve crashed out of a solid third place in the same race with just two laps to go and narrowly missed out on a podium finish after a mature first race saw him finish third. 

Final glory was earned in the 20-minute relay race. 

The team are at home race at Skaters Roller Rink on February 16. Racing starts about 9am.