Steph Twell is set to race her second marathon in Germany this weekend (photo by Jeff Holmes)
Steph Twell heads for Germany this weekend hoping only her second ever marathon run can propel her to the Olympics in Japan next year.
The Kilbarchan AAC athlete, who finished 15th in the 10,000m final at the IAAF World Champs in Doha, is taking on the Frankfurt marathon.
Steph clocked 2:30.11 in Valencia last year on her debut and the Olympic qualifying standard set by British Athletics is now at 2:29.30. Steph has been in good form this year and recorded 70:52 for the half marathon distance at the Great North Run in September.
Derek Hawkins is also Germany-bound as he looks to the marathon for the first time in a couple of years after recovering from injury. Derek’s PB is 2:12.57 set in London in 2016 to clinch an Olympics place in Rio – and he clocked 64:12 for the half at the Great North Run.
Kenny Wilson of Moray Road Runners is a third Scot with Frankfurt on the agenda. Kenny is part of the scottishathletics Marathon Project and will make his debut at the 26.2 miles distance in Germany on Sunday.
Jack Leitch (on left) and Max Milarvie (centre, left) helped Edinburgh Uni Hare and Hounds win the East XC Relays but will race on the roads in Leeds this weekend (photo by Neil Renton)
Sunday morning will also see Leeds as the platform for an Abbey Dash 10k race which so often delivers good times via quality fields.
There are a host of top Scots set to race in Yorkshire as well as the likes of Kris Jones of Dundee Hawkhill and Fionnuala Ross of Shettleston, regular road title winners in Scotland in recent years.
In terms of the women, names on start-lists include: Jo Williams, Jenny Bannerman, Annabel Simpson, Steph Pennycook, Fiona Brian and Beth Potter.
In terms of the men, names on start-lists include: Andrew Fyfe, Jack Leitch, Max Milarvie, James Donald, Ryan Thomson, Adam Craig and Michael Christoforou.