A RECORD-breaking four North Ayrshire Athletics teams qualified for the finals of the Indoor League at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow on Saturday.

The club also sent along an impressive five relay teams to compete in the 4 x 200m relay competition.

The relay heats saw clubs from all over Scotland race the clock for a place in the finals. The under-11 boys and girls progressed with the under-13 girls (Niamh Gaffney, Nel McGregor, Adele Street and Milla Barret) also qualifying. The under-13 boys narrowly missed out with the under 15 girls Jilly Lefebvre, Rebecca Booth, Niamh Murphy and Leah Murray) an agonising 0.9 seconds from a place in the final.

The league finals are the culmination of the indoor league season where all clubs have competed over three matches with the top six clubs in each category progressing to the final. The under 11 boys were represented by Bradley Orderley, Dan McInally, Jack McCormick and Alastair Street. The under-11 girls were Jessie Caig, Shannon brown, Freya Harkin and Ailish Rae. The under-13 boys were Ben Heron, Ross Booth, Dylan Gee and Harris McNicol with girls Niamh Gaffney, Maddie and Nel McGregor, Adele Street and Molly Hardie.

Levels of fitness were tested over a gruelling day of athletics but the athletes proved that all the hard work at training has not gone to waste. The under 13 boys came within two points of a silver medal and unlucky to finish in joint fourth, while the under-13 girls finished a creditable fifth in an extremely strong age group.

The NAAC under 11 girls again impressed throughout the day with a personal best throughout. Shannon Brown excelled in the 60m race with a time of 8.92 seconds, a new Scottish Athletics League record in her age group. The girls battled and finished in second place.

Throughout the first three league matches, the under-11 boys performed amazingly, winning each of the matches. They yet again turned on the style, finishing seven points clear of the nearest opposition and securing national gold medals.

The relay finals wrapped up the day with some amazing runs from all the teams taking part. The NAAC under-11 boys were Bradley and Jack from the league team along with Innes Mcnicol and Douglas Goldie. Despite their efforts in the league finals, the boys managed one last massive effort coming home in an amazing third place adding bronze to the gold secured earlier.

All-in-all, it was a fantastic day for the club, with more than 70 athletes having taken part over the season, the club is now stronger and more competitive than ever. A huge effort all round from the athletes, coaches, volunteers and parent helpers. Next up is what promises to be another record-breaking outdoor season.