INVERCLYDE AC's first XC race of 2024 took place on Saturday at King George V Playing Fields in Renfrew.

Millie McClelland-Brooks was selected for the Scottish U20 team, while still considered to be U17 for home based events. Millie rose to the challenge in the combined U17/20 event to finish, after a marvellous performance, in third place overall, and helping her Scottish team to victory in the U20 event.

Senior woman Nynke Mulholland was competing for the West District. Nynke, who normally prefers a hilly course, surprised herself on this flat course and was delighted with ninth place overall, and second in the team event to take a silver medal.

In the senior men’s race, Inverclyde had three athletes competing. Andy Douglas in seventh place was third counter for the West team, and with Ross and Ryan Gray as fifth and sixth, it was another silver team medal.

More accustomed to hills and mountains, Andy competed again on Sunday, winning the ‘Feel the Burn’ hill race.

Peter Bradshaw was competing for Edinburgh University and was pleased with his performance as he tested his fitness. Rob Paterson ran a very strong race to take third place in the M55 category and complete the Inverclyde contingent.

In the first race of the day, Olivia Lyne was competing for the West team and maintained her ranking with a very creditable eighth team counter for the team which won silver.

Greenock Telegraph:

In the U13 boys' race over the same distance, Olivia's brother, Charlie, and Sol Currie were competing in the open event. Both should be pleased with their performance as Charlie finished ahead of some West team members and Sol was able to raise his speed for a great finish.

Sol is now concentrating over the next few weeks in his preferred events, hurdles and high jump and will relish the opportunity to compete indoors.

Greenock Telegraph:

Four of Inverclyde’s U15 girls, Emma Binnie, Grace Barry, Kiera Gregory Pearl Paterson took part in their open event, giving creditable and encouraging performances as they prepare for the National XC Championships at the end of February.

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