Mike McInerney (red) was crowned British flying lap dobbin sprint champion but was disqualified in the 1500m race. Picture: JO TIDMAN.

SPEED SKATING: Competitors from across the country descended on West Norfolk at the weekend as Skaters Roller Rink hosted the Inline British Championships.

Wisbech Inline Speed Skating Club hosted the event at their Walpole Highway base and their 14-strong team proved a force to be reckoned with.

Starting off the day were the flying lap dobbin sprints. Mike McInerney put in a blistering lap time of 7.94 seconds to beat all competition on the day to take the British champion crown. 

Ten year old Leah Barker was awarded victory in her category for the dobbin sprint after arch rival Sophie Cook, from South Woodham Ferrers, crashed out and Barker proved faster than the rest of the pupil girls. 

Karl Bates, in the masters men category, found himself in top spot in the dobbin sprint after the top three finished within 400ths of a second of each other.

Kirby Barker, the youngest skater of the home team, made a clean sweep in each of his races in the mini boys to become British champion four times over, as did Arthur Buckler in the pupil boys category. 

Flynn McGurk, skating on his own in the junior boys category, pulled the pin and beat the standing results to earn himself an overall British championship win. 

Also winning all her races was Lucy McInerney, beating her East Midlands rival with ease.

Taylor Barker put in an impressive display in the pupil boys category, chasing the tail of Arthur Buckler and finishing in second place in each race.

Mike McInerney found himself disqualified in his final race after a rash move on the inside from rival Dan King took the pair out on a corner in their fast 1500m race.

The final events of the day were the relay races. Taylor Barker and Arthur Buckler paired up and destroyed the opposition in an impressive display, to finish in first place. 

Twin sisters Lucy and Eve McInerney also put in a strong display to take victory in the ladies relay race. 

The final race was the men’s relay race, which saw Mike McInerney and Flynn McGurk team up to take the win with ease.

In total the Wisbech team earned themselves 21 gold medals with 25 British titles.

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