FOUR young Helensburgh athletes will rub shoulders with Olympic champions and British record-holders in Glasgow this Sunday.

The under-15 girls’ 4x200m relay team of Sarah Mitchell, Jenny Scott, Kyla Dorizon and Lexy Kenhard will compete in the Scottish Athletics Indoor Relay Championships final at the city’s Emirates Arena – the curtain-raiser for the British Athletics Indoor Grand Prix.

The Grand Prix line-up on Sunday includes Olympic gold medallist and British long jump record holder Greg Rutherford, Olympic 100m and 200m champion Elaine Thompson and British 100m and 200m record holder Dina Asher-Smith, alongside many other elite athletes, meaning the Helensburgh quartet could be forgiven for feeling nervous ahead of their recent championship semi-final, also held at the Emirates.

With such a huge prize, and the chance to compete at the same event as these elite athletes, in front of a arena full of spectators, at stake, the team of four were nervous and excited going in to the semi-final.

Winning their heat during the morning, the under-15 girls only had two hours to recover and prepare themselves for the semi-final.

Up against some very high calibre competition the girls performed well, beating their earlier time and crossing the line in third place with a time of just one minute 57.70 seconds, this put them in third place.

With only the first two finishers qualifying automatically for a slot in the final and the chance to run in front of a capacity crowd, the Helensburgh athletes’ third spot meant another nervous wait to see if they would secure one of the two ‘fastest losers’ qualification positions.

After the second semi-final the news eventually came through that the Helensburgh quartet had finished fifth fastest overall and were through to the final.

The championships, held earlier this month, saw athletes from all over Scotland competing in their age groups, each running a leg of a 4x200m relay race, with HAAC taking 24 members down.

Against stiff competition, the Helensburgh under-13 boys’ team of Lewis Tokeley, Matthew Gall, William Scott and Cameron Williams, and the under-13 girls’ team, featuring Eva Rooney, Jenna Gallacher, Rowan Mair and Maddie Rooney, all ran hard.

Despite perfect baton changes, both teams were unable to qualify in their heats to progress to the semi-finals.

The under-15 boys’ team of Robert Court, Finlay Fleming, Matthew Cameron and Calum Poirier had a great race and finished third in their heat.

But with all heats completed, and after an agonising wait for results, they finished in seventh place overall, missing out making it into final by just one place.

The second Helensburgh under-15 girls’ team, featuring Amelia Murphy, Gemma Phillips, Eva McAloon and Evelyn Dennison, and the under-17 women’s team of Amy Court, Sophie Michie, Katie Flett and Jenny Hyde both ran flawless races, but were also unsuccessful in making the cut for qualifying into further rounds.