British Inline Speed Skating 2013

11 AUG 2013 - BIRMINGHAM, GBR - Tiffany James (left), Kirsty Pullen (centre) and Paige Aitken (right), all of Birmingham Wheels Roller Speed Club, race around the track on a points lap in the Junior Girl's 5000m Points Final during the Federation of Inline Speed Skating 2013 British Outdoor Championships at Birmingham Wheels Park in Birmingham, West Midlands, Great Britain. The future of the venue, Britain's only purpose built roller skating track in Great Britain, is under threat due to the local councils need to generate money from the sale of land (PHOTO COPYRIGHT © 2013 NIGEL FARROW, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED) (NIGEL FARROW/COPYRIGHT © 2013 NIGEL FARROW : www.nigelfarrow.com)

11 AUG 2013 - BIRMINGHAM, GBR - Tiffany James (left), Kirsty Pullen (centre) and Paige Aitken (right), all of Birmingham Wheels Roller Speed Club, race around the track on a points lap in the Junior Girl's 5000m Points Final during the Federation of Inline Speed Skating 2013 British Outdoor Championships at Birmingham Wheels Park in Birmingham, West Midlands, Great Britain. The future of the venue, Britain's only purpose built roller skating track in Great Britain, is under threat due to the local councils need to generate money from the sale of land (PHOTO COPYRIGHT © 2013 NIGEL FARROW, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED)

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11th August 2013 – Birmingham Wheels Park, Birmingham, West Midlands, Great Britain

Motor racing commentator Eddie Jordan is the spitting image of John E. Fry but whilst both like wheeled sports Fry’s interest is in the human powered variety.

Currently the chairman of Birmingham Wheels Roller Speed Club, one of only eight inline speed skating clubs in the country, he has an encyclopaedic knowledge of inline skating and has been involved in many of the important moments in the sport’s history in this country over the past 30 years. He now coaches the next generation of skaters. This isn’t without its problems.

11 AUG 2013 - BIRMINGHAM, GBR - John E. Fry, former British international and chairman of Birmingham Wheels Roller Speed Club, checks on his team after their win in the Pupil and Cadet Girls 3000m Relay at the Federation of Inline Speed Skating 2013 British Outdoor Championships at Birmingham Wheels Park in Birmingham, West Midlands, Great Britain (PHOTO COPYRIGHT © 2013 NIGEL FARROW, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED) (NIGEL FARROW/COPYRIGHT © 2013 NIGEL FARROW : www.nigelfarrow.com)

11 AUG 2013 - BIRMINGHAM, GBR - John E. Fry, former British international and chairman of Birmingham Wheels Roller Speed Club, checks on his team after their win in the Pupil and Cadet Girls 3000m Relay at the Federation of Inline Speed Skating 2013 British Outdoor Championships at Birmingham Wheels Park in Birmingham, West Midlands, Great Britain (PHOTO COPYRIGHT © 2013 NIGEL FARROW, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED)

“Because we’ve got no commercial rinks, we’re bringing kids in who can’t skate so before they can be a speed skater you’ve got to teach them to skate.

“We were very very good when we had the commercial rinks because technically you have to be very good to race on a small indoor rink. Our technical skills have gone down the pan a bit. Whilst we’ve got a good 200m banked track it’s only usable at certain times of the year.”

The track he is referring to is at Birmingham Wheels Adventure Park and is one of only two purpose built roller speed skating tracks in the country.

Unfortunately, its future is in doubt. Built on the site of a 40 acre council tip the park was the idea of Birmingham Assistant Chief Probation Officer Bernard Mouzer who wanted to see a wheel based adventure park to keep children off the streets in the inner city areas.

11 AUG 2013 - BIRMINGHAM, GBR - Spectators visit the Birmingham Wheels Park refreshments shop, The Wheelie Good Tea Shop, during the Federation of Inline Speed Skating 2013 British Outdoor Championships in Birmingham, Great Britain (PHOTO COPYRIGHT © 2013 NIGEL FARROW, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED) (NIGEL FARROW/COPYRIGHT © 2013 NIGEL FARROW : www.nigelfarrow.com)

11 AUG 2013 - BIRMINGHAM, GBR - Spectators visit the Birmingham Wheels Park refreshments shop, The Wheelie Good Tea Shop, during the Federation of Inline Speed Skating 2013 British Outdoor Championships in Birmingham, Great Britain (PHOTO COPYRIGHT © 2013 NIGEL FARROW, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED)

The park, which is now run by a charity with a director appointed by the city, was originally given a 120 year lease. Now the city council, like many others in need of money, is considering selling land to developers to raise funds. In the case of Birmingham this includes the land the track is on. One possibility is that whilst their track is not on the actual route of the High Speed Rail link between London and Birmingham the club fears that it could still disappear under the train line’s corridor through the city or become the site of the maintenance depot.

Even suggestions in the media that the rail project may not go ahead do little to soothe concerns as the club’s management recognise that future regeneration of the area will see them on land that could be considered suitable for industrial units or housing.

The club are discussing the possibilities of relocating their track, maybe nearer to other sports facilities in the city, but in the meantime the current facilities need upgrading. The five year lease they have been offered makes it impossible for them to access grants such as from the Sports Council who require beneficiaries to have the minimum of a 10 year lease.

“We’re stuck with chemical toilets, we’re stuck with a track that’s getting tired and needs resurfacing but we can’t go for this wodge of money that we can access and would stand a very good chance of getting. We’d need a ten year lease so what the city is offering us is of no use at all” explains Fry.

Although the first roller skates had appeared on the streets of London in the late 1700s, it was not until the 1870′s that the sport came to Britain with its first national championships taking place in Wandsworth in 1894.

11 AUG 2013 - BIRMINGHAM, GBR - Les Woodley (left), a 12 times British Champion and former World record holder, and current British 10000m champion Sutton Atkins (right) joke, during the 2013 Federation of Inline Speed Skating British Outdoor Championships at Birmingham Wheels Park, Birmingham, Great Britain, with Leo Eason (centre), who won the men's World 10000m title 50 years ago in 1963 (PHOTO COPYRIGHT © 2013 NIGEL FARROW, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED) (NIGEL FARROW/COPYRIGHT © 2013 NIGEL FARROW : www.nigelfarrow.com)

11 AUG 2013 - BIRMINGHAM, GBR - Les Woodley (left), a 12 times British Champion and former World record holder, and current British 10000m champion Sutton Atkins (right) joke, during the 2013 Federation of Inline Speed Skating British Outdoor Championships at Birmingham Wheels Park, Birmingham, Great Britain, with Leo Eason (centre), who won the men's World 10000m title 50 years ago in 1963 (PHOTO COPYRIGHT © 2013 NIGEL FARROW, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED)

Racing on quad skates, a situation that continued until the 1990′s when the modern style of inline skates developed for training on solid ground by ice speed skating competitors in the 70′s became popular, the sport gathered momentum in the country so that when the first European Championships were held in 1936 in Germany the British team won six of the eight titles. Two years later the first track World Championships were held in London with Great Britain’s William C. Ross, Harold Wilkinson and Arthur Cooper winning four of the eight gold medals on offer. Since then, aside from a world championship medal for Leo Eason in 1963 and another for John Folley in 1969, Britain’s international success for both the men and the women has been restricted to the European Championships mainly during the 70′s and 80′s.

Since then the number of competitors has dwindled as the commercial indoor roller skating rinks, and so their speed skating clubs, have closed.

“When I started there were two in Birmingham” says John E. Fry, a three times European Champion. “We haven’t got one now, and that is where the nucleus of skaters came from.

“But that was when roller skating was at its peak. It was traditional, there would be lots of dance clubs around and speed skaters would dance, there’d be dance champions that speed skated, there’d be hockey players that speed skated and vice versa and it all went round in a big cycle.”

He is though still optimistic for the future of the sport.

“We are where cycling was thirty years ago. Cycling had got a declining membership, the national governing body was almost bankrupt, and then they built Manchester (Velodrome).

“All the top guys had to live and train in Manchester. But the other significant thing they did was they centralised all the membership so all the money from the different disciplines went into one pot that allowed them to have one administration. That allowed them to employ good quality coaches and it also allowed them to go to governments and and say ‘we’ve got this income, can you match this or can you match that and build us this facility or that facility’.”

11 AUG 2013 - BIRMINGHAM, GBR - Sutton Atkins (left) of East Midlands Racing leads a pack round the track during the Senior Men's 10,000m Points Final at the 2013 Federation of Inline Speed Skating British Outdoor Championships held at Birmingham Wheels Park, Birmingham, Great Britain (PHOTO COPYRIGHT © 2013 NIGEL FARROW, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED) (NIGEL FARROW/COPYRIGHT © 2013 NIGEL FARROW : www.nigelfarrow.com)

11 AUG 2013 - BIRMINGHAM, GBR - Sutton Atkins (left) of East Midlands Racing leads a pack round the track during the Senior Men's 10,000m Points Final at the 2013 Federation of Inline Speed Skating British Outdoor Championships held at Birmingham Wheels Park, Birmingham, Great Britain (PHOTO COPYRIGHT © 2013 NIGEL FARROW, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED)

Currently the British Roller Sports Federation oversees all the roller sports but each sport administers its own memberships separately and they all act as individual entities for the majority of the time.

“What we’ve got to do as a roller sports body is centralise that membership because we’ve got speed, we’ve got traditional hockey which is played on quads [quad skates)], we’ve got two inline disciplines, we’ve got freestyle, we’ve got roller derby and we’ve got artistic.”

Whilst he would welcome an injection of money into roller sports Fry is realistic about how much they would benefit in the immediate future. He recognises that the current inline speed skating governing body, or a roller sports governing body with the structure he suggests, would need time to get their infrastructure right to establish a strong foundation in order to have success on par with British Cycling.

11 AUG 2013 - BIRMINGHAM, GBR - Competitors take off their inline skates after their race during the Federation of Inline Speed Skating 2013 British Outdoor Championships at Birmingham Wheels Park in Birmingham, West Midlands, Great Britain. Depending on the event some competitors will change the wheels after each race at a cost of up to £150 per set  (PHOTO COPYRIGHT © 2013 NIGEL FARROW, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED) (NIGEL FARROW/COPYRIGHT © 2013 NIGEL FARROW : www.nigelfarrow.com)

11 AUG 2013 - BIRMINGHAM, GBR - Competitors take off their inline skates after their race during the Federation of Inline Speed Skating 2013 British Outdoor Championships at Birmingham Wheels Park in Birmingham, West Midlands, Great Britain. Depending on the event some competitors will change the wheels after each race at a cost of up to £150 per set (PHOTO COPYRIGHT © 2013 NIGEL FARROW, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED)

Currently the sport has around 100 competitors racing at the top level across all the age groups but the sport does have a growth area – marathons.

“I hadn’t competed since 1987 and then last year decided to do the Berlin Marathon and there were 6500 skaters. It was oversubscribed” recalls Fry. “There is actually a world inline cup series of marathons and they’re really well supported.

In the meantime Fry continues to search for the next British track world champion hoping to break the dominance of the Colombians in whose country inline speed skating is the second most popular sport after football. It isn’t going to be an easy task. Along with the lack of training venues he knows from personal experience the hard work involved.

“It takes a couple to three years to get them proficient enough to be able to skate and then you’re talking a ten year programme basically to get them from when they can skate to a top international level so its a long, long term commitment both from coaches and families and the kids so its trying to keep them there and enthusing them.”

11 AUG 2013 - BIRMINGHAM, GBR - Paige Aitken leads Birmingham Wheels Roller Speed Club team mates Kirsty Pullen (centre) and Tiffany James (hidden) during the Junior Girls 5,000m Points final during the Federation of Inline Speed Skating 2013 British Outdoor Championships at Birmingham Wheels Park in Birmingham, West Midlands, Great Britain (PHOTO COPYRIGHT © 2013 NIGEL FARROW, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED) (NIGEL FARROW/COPYRIGHT © 2013 NIGEL FARROW : www.nigelfarrow.com)

11 AUG 2013 - BIRMINGHAM, GBR - Paige Aitken leads Birmingham Wheels Roller Speed Club team mates Kirsty Pullen (centre) and Tiffany James (hidden) during the Junior Girls 5,000m Points final during the Federation of Inline Speed Skating 2013 British Outdoor Championships at Birmingham Wheels Park in Birmingham, West Midlands, Great Britain (PHOTO COPYRIGHT © 2013 NIGEL FARROW, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED)

Despite all the difficulties the club continues to attract children from the surrounding area to the green and yellow outdoor track as in keeping with Mouzer’s original vision.

“Not any kid in our club, and there’s twenty odd of them, go to the same school. They didn’t know one another before they came here and they have come here for different reasons,” he explains, “so we’ve got to try and get them to gel and create a social unit as well as a competitive and training one and everything else.

“If you don’t, they tend to come out here on a wet Sunday morning in October, November or February, March and it is hard work.

“So we’re continually fighting a battle.

“And of course you’ve got all the other sports. If our guys are good on skates you can guarantee they’re brilliant on a bike.”

This is a particular challenge for inline skating. The physiological requirements and type of racing are similar to those of track cycling with at least one of the younger national squad members attracting the attention of cycling’s governing body.

With cycling’s higher profile and all that it can offer a potential sports star, such as possibly racing at the Olympics against the World Games, this could be a battle that British inline speed skating will lose. However if the sport can get past its current difficulties then it is possible future generations of skaters will be able to stay and help restore the sport to the glory days when it shared a governing body with ice skating.

“As a small fish in a big pond, other than your Cousins’ and Currys, and your Torvill and Deans, we always used to get the best results. We were always winning the World Championships or European Championships or whatever” recalls Fry.

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LINKS
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FÉDÉRATION INTERNATIONALE DE ROLLER SPORTS (FIRS)

FEDERATION OF INLINE SPEED SKATING (FISS)

BRITISH SKATING LEGENDS

BIRMINGHAM WHEELS ROLLER SPEED CLUB

EAST MIDLANDS RACING UK

IPSWICH SKATING CLUB

LONDONSKATERS SPEED TEAM

SOUTH WOODHAM FERRERS ROLLERSPEED SKATING CLUB

WISBECH ROLLER SPEED SKATING CLUB


11 AUG 2013 - BIRMINGHAM, GBR - Sutton Atkins of East Midlands Racing claims points as he crosses the line during the Senior Men's 10,000m Points Final at the 2013 Federation of Inline Speed Skating British Outdoor Championships held in the Birmingham Wheels Park, Birmingham, Great Britain (PHOTO COPYRIGHT © 2013 NIGEL FARROW, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED) (NIGEL FARROW/COPYRIGHT © 2013 NIGEL FARROW : www.nigelfarrow.com)

11 AUG 2013 - BIRMINGHAM, GBR - Sutton Atkins of East Midlands Racing claims points as he crosses the line during the Senior Men's 10,000m Points Final at the 2013 Federation of Inline Speed Skating British Outdoor Championships held in the Birmingham Wheels Park, Birmingham, Great Britain (PHOTO COPYRIGHT © 2013 NIGEL FARROW, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED)

11 AUG 2013 - BIRMINGHAM, GBR - Michael McInerney of Wisbech Inline Speed Skating Club races around the track during the Veteran Men's 3000m Final at the Federation of Inline Speed Skating 2013 British Outdoor Championships at Birmingham Wheels Park in Birmingham, West Midlands, Great Britain (PHOTO COPYRIGHT © 2013 NIGEL FARROW, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED) (NIGEL FARROW/COPYRIGHT © 2013 NIGEL FARROW : www.nigelfarrow.com)

11 AUG 2013 - BIRMINGHAM, GBR - Michael McInerney of Wisbech Inline Speed Skating Club races around the track during the Veteran Men's 3000m Final at the Federation of Inline Speed Skating 2013 British Outdoor Championships at Birmingham Wheels Park in Birmingham, West Midlands, Great Britain (PHOTO COPYRIGHT © 2013 NIGEL FARROW, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED)

11 AUG 2013 - BIRMINGHAM, GBR - Will Dobson of Birmingham Wheels Roller Speed Club races around the track during the Cadet Boy's 3000m Final at the Federation of Inline Speed Skating 2013 British Outdoor Championships at Birmingham Wheels Park in Birmingham, West Midlands, Great Britain (PHOTO COPYRIGHT © 2013 NIGEL FARROW, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED) (NIGEL FARROW/COPYRIGHT © 2013 NIGEL FARROW : www.nigelfarrow.com)

11 AUG 2013 - BIRMINGHAM, GBR - Will Dobson of Birmingham Wheels Roller Speed Club races around the track during the Cadet Boy's 3000m Final at the Federation of Inline Speed Skating 2013 British Outdoor Championships at Birmingham Wheels Park in Birmingham, West Midlands, Great Britain (PHOTO COPYRIGHT © 2013 NIGEL FARROW, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED)

11 AUG 2013 - BIRMINGHAM, GBR - Spectators watch a race during the Federation of Inline Speed Skating 2013 British Outdoor Championships at Birmingham Wheels Park in Birmingham, West Midlands, Great Britain (PHOTO COPYRIGHT © 2013 NIGEL FARROW, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED) (NIGEL FARROW/COPYRIGHT © 2013 NIGEL FARROW : www.nigelfarrow.com)

11 AUG 2013 - BIRMINGHAM, GBR - Spectators watch a race during the Federation of Inline Speed Skating 2013 British Outdoor Championships at Birmingham Wheels Park in Birmingham, West Midlands, Great Britain (PHOTO COPYRIGHT © 2013 NIGEL FARROW, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED)

11 AUG 2013 - BIRMINGHAM, GBR - Ffion Lewis of Birmingham Wheels Roller Speed Club races round the track during the Pupil and Cadet Girl's 3000m Relay at the Federation of Inline Speed Skating 2013 British Outdoor Championships at Birmingham Wheels Park in Birmingham, West Midlands, Great Britain (PHOTO COPYRIGHT © 2013 NIGEL FARROW, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED) (NIGEL FARROW/COPYRIGHT © 2013 NIGEL FARROW : www.nigelfarrow.com)

11 AUG 2013 - BIRMINGHAM, GBR - Ffion Lewis of Birmingham Wheels Roller Speed Club races round the track during the Pupil and Cadet Girl's 3000m Relay at the Federation of Inline Speed Skating 2013 British Outdoor Championships at Birmingham Wheels Park in Birmingham, West Midlands, Great Britain (PHOTO COPYRIGHT © 2013 NIGEL FARROW, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED)

11 AUG 2013 - BIRMINGHAM, GBR - Competitors listen to the race briefing before the Junior and Senior Ladies 3000m Relay during the Federation of Inline Speed Skating 2013 British Outdoor Championships at Birmingham Wheels Park in Birmingham, West Midlands, Great Britain (PHOTO COPYRIGHT © 2013 NIGEL FARROW, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED) (NIGEL FARROW/COPYRIGHT © 2013 NIGEL FARROW : www.nigelfarrow.com)

11 AUG 2013 - BIRMINGHAM, GBR - Competitors listen to the race briefing before the Junior and Senior Ladies 3000m Relay during the Federation of Inline Speed Skating 2013 British Outdoor Championships at Birmingham Wheels Park in Birmingham, West Midlands, Great Britain (PHOTO COPYRIGHT © 2013 NIGEL FARROW, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED)

11 AUG 2013 - BIRMINGHAM, GBR - Ben Coole-Probert  (left) of Birmingham Wheels Roller Speed Club is propelled forward at the changeover by team mate Michal Roman (right) during the Junior and Senior Men's 3000m Relay at the Federation of Inline Speed Skating 2013 British Outdoor Championships at Birmingham Wheels Park in Birmingham, West Midlands, Great Britain (PHOTO COPYRIGHT © 2013 NIGEL FARROW, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED) (NIGEL FARROW/COPYRIGHT © 2013 NIGEL FARROW : www.nigelfarrow.com)

11 AUG 2013 - BIRMINGHAM, GBR - Ben Coole-Probert (left) of Birmingham Wheels Roller Speed Club is propelled forward at the changeover by team mate Michal Roman (right) during the Junior and Senior Men's 3000m Relay at the Federation of Inline Speed Skating 2013 British Outdoor Championships at Birmingham Wheels Park in Birmingham, West Midlands, Great Britain (PHOTO COPYRIGHT © 2013 NIGEL FARROW, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED)

11 AUG 2013 - BIRMINGHAM, GBR - Sutton Atkins of East Midlands Racing celebrates his team winning the Junior and Senior Men's 3000m Relay race at the Federation of Inline Speed Skating 2013 British Outdoor Championships at Birmingham Wheels Park in Birmingham, West Midlands, Great Britain (PHOTO COPYRIGHT © 2013 NIGEL FARROW, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED) (NIGEL FARROW/COPYRIGHT © 2013 NIGEL FARROW : www.nigelfarrow.com)

11 AUG 2013 - BIRMINGHAM, GBR - Sutton Atkins of East Midlands Racing celebrates his team winning the Junior and Senior Men's 3000m Relay race at the Federation of Inline Speed Skating 2013 British Outdoor Championships at Birmingham Wheels Park in Birmingham, West Midlands, Great Britain (PHOTO COPYRIGHT © 2013 NIGEL FARROW, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED)

11 AUG 2013 - BIRMINGHAM, GBR - Competitors stand on the podium during the presentation ceremony at the Federation of Inline Speed Skating 2013 British Outdoor Championships at Birmingham Wheels Park in Birmingham, West Midlands, Great Britain (PHOTO COPYRIGHT © 2013 NIGEL FARROW, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED) (NIGEL FARROW/COPYRIGHT © 2013 NIGEL FARROW : www.nigelfarrow.com)

11 AUG 2013 - BIRMINGHAM, GBR - Competitors stand on the podium during the presentation ceremony at the Federation of Inline Speed Skating 2013 British Outdoor Championships at Birmingham Wheels Park in Birmingham, West Midlands, Great Britain (PHOTO COPYRIGHT © 2013 NIGEL FARROW, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED)

11 AUG 2013 - BIRMINGHAM, GBR - Kirsty Pullen of Birmingham Wheels Roller Speed Club poses for pictures after winning the Federation of Inline Speed Skating 2013 British Outdoor Championships Junior Girl's 1000m final in the Birmingham Wheels Park at Birmingham, West Midlands, Great Britain, flanked by silver medalist Tiffany James (left), also from BWRSC, and bronze medalist Louise Sullivan (right) of South Woodham Ferrers Roller Speed Skating Club  (PHOTO COPYRIGHT © 2013 NIGEL FARROW, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED) (NIGEL FARROW/COPYRIGHT © 2013 NIGEL FARROW : www.nigelfarrow.com)

11 AUG 2013 - BIRMINGHAM, GBR - Kirsty Pullen of Birmingham Wheels Roller Speed Club poses for pictures after winning the Federation of Inline Speed Skating 2013 British Outdoor Championships Junior Girl's 1000m final in the Birmingham Wheels Park at Birmingham, West Midlands, Great Britain, flanked by silver medalist Tiffany James (left), also from BWRSC, and bronze medalist Louise Sullivan (right) of South Woodham Ferrers Roller Speed Skating Club (PHOTO COPYRIGHT © 2013 NIGEL FARROW, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED)

11 AUG 2013 - BIRMINGHAM, GBR - A proud competitor poses with her trophy after winning her race at the Federation of Inline Speed Skating 2013 British Outdoor Championships at Birmingham Wheels Park in Birmingham, West Midlands, Great Britain (PHOTO COPYRIGHT © 2013 NIGEL FARROW, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED) (NIGEL FARROW/COPYRIGHT © 2013 NIGEL FARROW : www.nigelfarrow.com)

11 AUG 2013 - BIRMINGHAM, GBR - A proud competitor poses with her trophy after winning her race at the Federation of Inline Speed Skating 2013 British Outdoor Championships at Birmingham Wheels Park in Birmingham, West Midlands, Great Britain (PHOTO COPYRIGHT © 2013 NIGEL FARROW, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED)

11 AUG 2013 - BIRMINGHAM, GBR - Visitors from Hong Kong pose for pictures on the finish line after the Federation of Inline Speed Skating 2013 British Outdoor Championships at Birmingham Wheels Park in Birmingham, West Midlands, Great Britain (PHOTO COPYRIGHT © 2013 NIGEL FARROW, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED) (NIGEL FARROW/COPYRIGHT © 2013 NIGEL FARROW : www.nigelfarrow.com)

11 AUG 2013 - BIRMINGHAM, GBR - Visitors from Hong Kong pose for pictures on the finish line after the Federation of Inline Speed Skating 2013 British Outdoor Championships at Birmingham Wheels Park in Birmingham, West Midlands, Great Britain (PHOTO COPYRIGHT © 2013 NIGEL FARROW, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED)




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