Kerry pedals onto the podium

Kerry on the course. Pictures by Andy Whitehouse.
Kerry on the course. Pictures by Andy Whitehouse.

Kerry MacPhee warmed up for the Commonwealth Games with a silver medal win at the British Mountain Bike Cross-Country Championships.

The Hebridean ace pedalled onto the podium in Shropshire despite having battled an arm infection which left her hospitalised, only days earlier.

But Kerry was back on her bike on Sunday where she returned to competitive racing to cross the chalk in second place, ahead of Scotland team mate Jessie Roberts to give her the perfect lift ahead of The Games.

Kerry beamed: “Super chuffed to take silver. All the more chuffed as I have felt absolutely rotten since coming out of hospital, and only finished my 16 antibiotics a day.

“Before the start I had a wee cry wondering if I should start as I really struggled to get my heart rate up and just felt very flat. However I pulled myself together and reminded myself that it was a race in prep for the games. I focused on riding, not pushing too hard and trying to enjoy the race.

“Although I felt rotten still and felt more like I was riding rather than racing, it paid off and I am super pleased to take silver! Great confidence boost for the race of my life in 10 days time and just what I needed. ”