A GREENOCK police officer was dressed to 'kilt' as she pounded a different beat to complete the New York Marathon.

Popular PC Kirsty Boyd, liaison officer for schools and residential units in Inverclyde, visited Lady Alice Primary with her medal as the school's breakfast club have supported her charity challenge.

The 48-year-old officer told pupils all about the 26.2 mile race and thanked them for their backing.

PC Boyd said: "The marathon was great, I'm still buzzing from it.

"So many people turned out to support the runners.

"I was running with a saltire flag and I wore a kilt plus I had my name on my t-shirt so I kept hearing cheers of 'go Scotland!' and 'go Kirsty!'.

"It really kept me."

Kirsty completed the marathon in five hours and 15 minutes and raised well over £3,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support.

She added: "It went through five different districts of New York and every district had different entertainment, it was brilliant.

"I'm pleased with my time - I probably could have run sub two hours if I wasn't stopping to take selfies!"

PC Boyd also made firm friends with her counterparts from the New York Police Department (NYPD).

She said: "They were brilliant.

"When I told them I was a police officer from Scotland they took me into the office and gave me a NYPD badge, so I gave them a Police Scotland badge.

"They took me round the station and thanked me for all the work we do in Scotland.

"I got a selfie with the desk sergeant and some of the cops.

"The next day after the race, I wore my medal and some tartan trousers and everyone was high fiving me."

PC Boyd says she can't thank all her supporters enough, especially the children at Lady Alice.

She said: "The school has given me so much support.

"I've also had support from All Saints Primary and Whinhill Primary plus all the high schools.

"I especially want to thank one of the children's units I visit who completed the marathon distance on a treadmill."

Lady Alice pupils Milly McQuillan, nine, and Calum McDonald, 11, say they have been left inspired by PC Boyd's marathon.

Milly said: "Kirsty did the marathon for charity, she's very kind."

Calum added: "Kirsty is really cool."