Spalding sports star Molly dedicates win to rugby stalwart grandad Brian

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A young Spalding sports star is keeping her grandad’s legacy alive with success on two wheels.

Molly Peel (12) dedicated her win at the Cycling Time Trials National Championships to her grandad Brian Stray, former vice president of Spalding Rugby Club.

Brian, a rugby writer for both the Spalding Guardian and our sister newspaper, the Lincolnshire Free Press, died on August 23 and his funeral was held at St Mary and St Nicolas Church, Spalding, three weeks ago.

Molly said: “Grandad was funny, helpful and very suppportive of me, my sister Ellie and my cousins Georgina and Megan.

“When he could, Grandad came to all of my races so I know he was with me at the time trials final.

“When I was on the start line, Mom and Dad told me ‘This is for Grandad’ and although we were held up because of an accident on the road we were supposed to race on, I won by over a minute.”

Molly’s parents, Chris and Kate Peel, added: “Dad was a real sportsman who liked to win but also knew the true meaning of sportsmanship.

“Molly has already said that she either wants to be a professional runner, cyclist or triathlete.

“But she could also become a sports teacher or coach, the same as her grandad in helping out in the community.

“If Dad could have been there to see Molly win the time trials final, he would have been so proud of her.”