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Loch Thom Trail

Inverclyde Athletic Club’s Loch Thom Trail Race has raised an impressive £1,000 for Athletics Trust Scotland, supporting the charity’s ambitions to improve accessibility in the sport.

More than 100 runners entered the race, an out-and-back route from the Greenock Cut Visitor Centre to the Waterman’s Cottage, with all of the entry fee going to Athletics Trust Scotland, which supports projects that aim to improve the lives of those in disadvantaged communities.

Inverclyde AC’s Elisha de Mello was the first to finish the 7-kilometre course in a time of 24:00, followed by clubmate Michael Houston in 24:22 and Cambuslang Harriers’ Callum Matthews in 25:41.

Elspeth Kerr was the first woman across the line in 30:25, far ahead of Katherine Lafferty in 32:07 and Airdrie’s Morven Glennie in 32:39.

There were prizes for age groups at Under 20, Over-40, 50 and 60 as well as the top three overall – however the unexpected generosity of our prize winners shone through as several runners handed back their cash prizes, donating the money to Athletics Trust Scotland.

Thank you to all runners who entered and raised money for the charity, the marshals on the course and the working group who organised the race. The Loch Thom Trail Race will return in 2025.

Many thanks go to our sponsors and donators including Inverclyde Leisure, Nicholson McShane Architects, Smiths of Greenock, Inverclyde Sports Council, Robert MacDonald – Succession Wealth, life coach Marian Laird, My Health Scotland, BRBR by Kevin O’Donoghue and Geraldine Charleston Sports Therapist.

A special thanks goes to Inverclyde Council for arranging to have public toilets open for athletes as well as Robert and his staff for extending opening hours at the Ardgowan Fishery Cafe for the event and our timekeepers at ProTay.

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