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  • 1989 WG Karlsruhe - Germany - Road (Vide...
    by John C. Fry on January 8, 2020 at 2:22 PM
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    Home video footage of the World Games in Karlsruhe, Germany. Lisa Smith and Tony Marriott qualified for the games after the 1988 World Championships. See also the legendary and much missed Barbara Fischer in action on home turf as well as an Italy v USA battle continuation from the previous year in the mens events.

  • 1988 Zandvoorde International
    by John C. Fry on January 7, 2020 at 5:25 PM
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    Races from the Zandvoorde International event held in August 1988. Look out for a young Dave Kelly and Hugh Doggett Senior at the very start of the video. Footage courtesy of Dave Kelly.

  • 1988 Birmingham Wheels - 24 July
    by John C. Fry on January 7, 2020 at 5:22 PM
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    Home video footage of the 10km elimination race at the Birmingham Wheels event held on 24th July 1988. The event was the final round (Round 5) of the 1988 Grand Prix series.

  • 1988 BC Indoor - Granby Halls - 3 July
    by John C. Fry on January 7, 2020 at 5:20 PM
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    Official video of the 1988 Indoor British Championships, the first time an indoor championship was held. The event was piggy backed with the artistic championships. Joint commentary by Mick McGeough who amusingly coined the phrase "Paul the Plodder" for Birmingham skater Paul Turner. Watch as Lisa Smith destroys her opposition and Mark Tooke takes full advantage of yet another tussle between Ashley Harlow and Tony Marriott.

  • 1988 Birmingham Wheels - 15 May
    by John C. Fry on January 7, 2020 at 5:14 PM
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    Races from the Birmingham Wheels event on 15th May 1988. Ashley Harlow is victorious in the Keith Lee Boot whilst Sutton Atkins rips his tights!

  • 1988 North London - Tatem Park - 24 Apri...
    by John C. Fry on January 7, 2020 at 5:12 PM
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    Races from the North London event held at Tatem Park, London, on 24th April 1988. Ian Ashby takes a victory in the Beadle Trophy.

  • 1988 Rouen International
    by John C. Fry on January 7, 2020 at 5:09 PM
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    Races from the Rouen International in France on April 16th and 17th 1988. Great Britain sent a B Team.

  • 1987 Rouen International
    by John C. Fry on January 5, 2020 at 12:19 PM
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    Races from the 1987 Rouen International. The event was usually held in April. Here we see one of the tracks in the middle of a housing estate - the Stade Luois Jouvet.

  • 1987 Derby Rollerspeed - Rollerworld - 1...
    by John C. Fry on January 5, 2020 at 12:05 PM
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    The first race of the 1988 season saw a new club hold a race meeting - Derby Rollerspeed at the Rollerworld Rink. The event is notable for the line up to include a certain Sutton Atkins in his very first domestic event. He would eventually come home 3rd in Category 3.

  • 1987 BC and North London - Tatem Park - ...
    by John C. Fry on January 5, 2020 at 11:36 AM
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    The Time Trial British Championships held in conjunction with a North London domestic race meeting. Meanwhile the Invitation 5 Mile event is a raucous affair that is eventually halted mid race. A number of disqualifications ensue and the re-run is won by John C. Fry. The last 5 minutes of the video make interesting viewing of observations from the spectators, amongst them the late Henry Crystall and the late Derek Ashby.

  • 1987 Anglia Rollers - Tatem Park - 19 Ju...
    by John C. Fry on January 5, 2020 at 11:04 AM
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    Races from the Anglia Rollers event at Tatem Park, London, on 19th July 1987. Ashley Harlow and Hugh Doggett set the pace in the mens as Kathy Smith wins the ladies handicap.

  • 1987 BC Tatem Park - 5 July
    by John C. Fry on January 5, 2020 at 11:00 AM
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    Day 1 of the British Championships at Tatem Park. Lisa Smith makes a clean sweep whilst Ashley Harlow and Tony Marriott are given a run for their money by Mark Tooke. Michael McInerney is dominant in the juniors but look out for Andy Ogiste taking bronze in the 1500 metres mens.


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