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Two reigning World Para Athletics Marathon Cup winners will feature in the British team of five at April’s Virgin Money London Marathon on Sunday 28 April, which incorporates the marathon events for the World Para Athletics Championships.
With the world championships taking place in Dubai during November, the marathon medals will be up for grabs in the highly-competitive fields in London earlier in the year.
David Weir won a record eighth London Marathon last year, and with a world medal also a possibility at the event, motivation will be high. Weir announced last autumn that he is targeting qualification for the T54 marathon at next year’s Tokyo Paralympic Games, and London will play a key part in those preparations.
Another World Cup gold medallist from 2018 is Derek Rae, the Fife AC athlete who is coached by Ron Morrison, who competes in the T46 classification for athletes with an arm impairment.
Derek – who has just returned from a warm weather training camp in Kenya – will be seeking another successful race around the streets of London, the location of his career best time of 2:33:24.
‘We are delighted that London will once again host the world championship marathon events in April,’ said Para Athletics head coach, Paula Dunn.
‘It provides our marathon athletes with an essential opportunity to compete for world medals, and in doing so, taking on the best in the world in their classifications, which will be perfect preparation for next year’s Paralympic Games in Tokyo.’
The North District 10 Champs are coming up at the Nairn 10K on Sunday 3 March.
It’s a fast course with a fast finish on the high street for all abilities. Entries are open at £15 per entry and £13 for SAL members.
Prize-money has been increased and there will be a pot of £1000 to be shared male/female thanks to RE/MAX.
The North District champs prizes are sponsored by Run4it along with GlenWyvis Gin.
The Stirling Scottish Marathon will host our scottishathletics Marathon Championships again next April – for the second successive year.
This year’s event hosted the championships for the first time in only the second year of full and half marathon races organised by GreatRun at the Stirling venue.
Now Sunday 28 April is the date for scottishathletics members to look forward to for 2019, with the Road Running and Cross Country Commission having taken a decision to give the event championship status for the second time.
It means medals will be up for grabs for individuals and for teams on April 28 – runners with a valid scottishathletics membership will be eligible for those medals.
Community Development and Engagement Manager – North Ayrshire AC
Contract Length – 1 year fixed term
Salary and Hours – £20,493 – 35 hours per week
North Ayrshire Athletics Club (NAAC) is registered charity and award winning athletics club serving the community of North Ayrshire.
The club have enjoyed a period of expansion and success both on and off the track over the past four years and continue to perform well on both the local and national stage.
An exciting and unique opportunity has arisen within NAAC as part of the club’s vision to provide a bigger positive impact in our local community. The post has been created in partnership with scottishathletics, which will be the employer of the successful candidate. The post will come under the auspices of the Club Together Programme.
The post, which is believed to be the first of its kind in the sporting landscape of Scotland has the fundamental aim to develop and enhance community groups and facilities in North Ayrshire not currently associated with the club.