SPEED SKATING: South Holland duo roar to British titles

TWO South Holland stars returned from the British Inline Speed Skating Championships with gold medals.

Representing Wisbech Inline Speed Skating Club, Gedney’s Michael McInerney and Whaplode St Catherine’s Joe Adam Hardy were both crowned British champions.

There was triple joy for Hardy, who was a winner in the boys’ aged 13-15 200m time trial, the 500m sprint final and the 3,000m points race. He also took silver in the 5,000m elimination race.

McInerney bagged a pair of golds too, as he bossed the veteran men’s group 500m sprint and the 3,000m.

He also collected a bronze in the 15,000m senior men’s 15,000m elimination event.

Both Lucy and Eve McInerney were among the medals at Enfield event too.

Team manager and secretary Hugh and Marion Doggett said in a combined statement: “We are so very proud of the team to have returned this year with five British Championship titles, two silver and three bronze medals.”

Results: Lucy McInerney: Girls’ 10-12 years – 200m Time Trial (7th); 2,000m points race (6th); 3,000m elimination race (6th).

Eve McInerney: Girls’ 10-12 years – 200m time trial (5th); 500m sprint final (2nd); 2,000m points race (5th); 3,000m elimination race (4th).

Lucy & Eve McInerney: Girls’ 10-12 & 13-15 years combined – 3,000m three-person relay race (3rd).

Joe Adam Hardy: Boys’ 13-15 years – 200m time trial (1st); 500m sprint final (1st), 3,000m points race (1st); 5,000m elimination race (2nd)

Michael McInerney: Veteran men’s group – 500m sprint final (1st); 3,000m (1st), Senior men’s 16+ group – 15,000m elimination race (3rd).