HOME comforts were enjoyed by Pitreavie AAC as they dominated the podium during the recently-held Scottish National Relay Championships.

The club hosted the FPSG Scottish Athletics event, bringing competitors from across the country to race in events from 100 to 800 metres, and claimed nine gold medals.

On top of that, a further four silver and four bronze gongs were won by Pitreavie, who fielded 21 teams, and it was their under-13 athletes who started the medal rush.

After storming into the 4x100m final, the female team – led by Jamielee Adie, despite having been unable to train in the week prior due to injury, and Aaliyah McCloud – put them in contention for a podium finish, before passing the baton to first-year Laurie Hunter. A fine run saw her maintain their strong position before Mica McCloud, ranked number one in Scotland for the 100m, powered her way to the finish for silver in 54.34 seconds, a time that was just 0.11 outside the title, and close to a long-standing club record.

The B team of Cece Joiner, Niamh Stephen, Olivia Knowles and Hannah Gray finished ninth overall from 24 teams, before attention turned to the 3x800m relay, in which Lily Thomson, Katie Thomson and Arianne Baillie produced strong performances for a well-deserved silver medal.

Not to be outdone, the boys' 4x100m team qualified comfortably from their heat before Finlay Trotter produced a lightning start to the final.

Finn Charity, running in his first national competition, took over before passing the baton on to Calum Hall, who in turn provided Harris Mackie with the opportunity to cross the finish line first in 55.29, ahead of Dundee Hawkhill Harriers.

Despite running well, the B team of Coupar Wilkie, Tom Smith, Logan Dunnet and Cameron Fyffe ran well but, unfortunately, missed out on a final place.

In the under-15 female events, Kate Richardson led Pitreavie's 4x100m final challenge where, thanks to great teamwork and smooth baton changes from Sophie Wallwork, Holly Gordon and Rebecca Grieve, they stormed to gold in an impressive 51.26.

That success carried on in the 4x300m for Gordon, Wallwork and Grieve – the latter two of which are ranked one and two in the Scottish rankings over that distance – where, having been joined by Erin MacFarlane, they collected the national honours.

The boys competed in the 3x800m relay and, in a creditable performance, first-year athletes Caleb McLeod and Evan Wilson, together with Fergus MacGilp, placed fourth and only missed the podium by three seconds.

A bronze medal, after narrowly missing out on second place to Central AC, was won by under-17 women Abbie Chisolm, Lynn Harvey, Isla Steel and Dani Mauchlen in the 4x100m, in a time of 50.93, while Chisolm and Harvey went on take make it a double in the 4x300m.

There, they teamed up with Beth Aitken and Sophie Bath to finish third in 2:58.46, before Ruiardh Elder, Patrick Doyle and Conor Gourley finished sixth in the 3x800m in 6:32.84.

In the senior events, Pitreavie's men had an outstanding day, with Ben Knowles, Billy Doyle, Craig Moriarty and Alistair Moriarty doubling up in the 4x100m and 4x400 events.

At under-17, this was Knowles' first experience of running as a senior, and with Doyle and Alistair both under-20 athletes, Craig was their only senior runner.

In the 4x100m, Knowles led off and passed to Doyle, who raced along the back straight and passed to Craig, who in turn handed the baton on to his younger brother to bring them home for victory in 45.44.

Although the order changed for the 4x400m – with Alistair leading, and Knowles, Craig and Doyle running legs two, three and four respectively – the outcome was the same, as a time of 3:28.53 secured a second gold.

The women's team in the 4x100m – Sinead Steel, Jade Hutchison, Bethany McAndrew and Sarah Duff – was made up of under-20 runners and, with a strong time of 51.48, claimed silver.

Hutchison, with Taygan Henry, Sophie Siriwardena and under-17 competitor Sarah Coutts, then capped a fine day for Pitreavie by winning gold in the 4x400m, finishing ahead of Falkirk Victoria Harriers in 4:04.91.