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Masters International XC

Inverclyde Athletic Club’s Rob Paterson led Scotland to team gold on his debut call-up at the Masters

International Cross Country at Tollcross Park.

The four home nations and Ireland compete at this event, which alternates host around the five countries.

Rob was one of three Inverclyde athletes representing their nation in Glasgow, along with Gregor Yates

and Colin Doherty.

In the Men’s 55 race, Rob finished fourth, having only gotten back into running a year ago.

His teammates Stephen Allen and James Austin were fifth and seventh, with it being enough to beat

England on countback to take the title.

Gregor and Colin were counters for Scotland in the Men’s 35 event, with Yates claiming individual bronze

in an exciting sprint finish.

Fourth overall – including Men’s 40 and 45 runners – Gregor was in a pack of five runners vying for

second in the race.

While England’s Paul Wright and Scottish Men’s 40 athlete Darrell Hastie out-kicked him, the IAC runner

had enough for third in his category.

Weeks after running an impressive 2:28 marathon, Colin Doherty finished 17th

in his category, while his

brother Mark, who started as one of the favourites in the Men’s 40 race, opted to withdraw late due to a

minor injury.

Gregor and Colin’s finishes helped Scotland to third in the race behind England and Ireland.

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