London Marathon and Mini Marathon preview

Friday 20th April 2018

Scottish Para athlete Derek Rae heads to London again this weekend for his latest crack at the marathon distance.

Three athletes have been invited to represent the British Athletics team at the Virgin Money London Marathon in April which also incorporates the World Para Athletics Marathon Cup.

Leading the way will be Derek (pictured above), who is coached by Ron Morrison, who recorded a significant personal best at the 2017 edition of the event. The T46 athlete lowered his time to 2:33:24 to secure a brilliant bronze medal at the World Cup event in 2017.

Derek raced London in 2015 and recorded 2.4040 and then the following year, in 2016, he finished in 2.37.18 before then improving that time once again last year to bronze in his classification.

The Fifer’s preparations have gone well in recent weeks and months ahead of his latest challenge and all at scottishathletics wish him all the best for Sunday.

In the wheelchair marathon, Scotland has Sean Frame (Red Star AC) and Kyle Brotherton (Red Star) ready to race – both young athletes and Kyle making his marathon debut having just turned 18.


Erin Wallace was a race winner at the London Mini Marathon last year

Chris O’Hare looks back on his Mini Marathon experience

Scotland will send four teams to the London Mini Marathon event coming up on Sunday 22 April.

It is always an eagerly-awaited event for the youngsters involved and we are delighted to field teams of six at both U17 and U15 level for the trip south.

Selections this year were made on the basis of ‘known form’ during 2018 across a range of events – including track, road and cross country – with the Young Athletes Road Races unfortunately falling victim to the severe weather in Greenock on Sunday 18 March.

In the mini wheelchair race there are races for Callum Sloan (Disability Sport Fife) and Murran Mackay (Red Star AC)

We congratulate each and all of the athletes selected and their families and coaches as well as the clubs involved in their development.


U15 Girls
Lily Jane Evans-Haggerty  VP-Glasgow AC
Anna Hedley Fife AC
Anya Maclean Garscube Harriers
Rosie Davidson Ayr Seaforth AC
Isla Calvert Livingston AC
Kate Richardson Giffnock North AC


U15 Boys
Jack Patton Kilbarchan AAC
Hugh Morrow Edinburgh AC
David Addison Corstorphine AAC
Ben Sandilands Fife AC
Alastair Marshall Livingston AC
Harry Henriksen Lasswade AAC


U17 Women
Eloise Walker Edinburgh AC
Cera Gemmell Team East Lothian
Sarah Calvert Livingston AC
Charlotte McKenna Giffnock North AC
Emily Andrew Inverness Harriers AAC
Sarah Tait Lasswade AAC


U17 Men
Cameron Wright Kilbarchan AAC
Christian Graham Lasswade AAC
Calum Young Giffnock North AC
Sunny McGrath Deveron Harriers
Cameron Watson Inverclyde AAC
Lewis Pentecost Falkirk Victoria

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