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 HedleyFife AC
Anya MacleanGarscube Harriers
Rosie DavidsonAyr Seaforth AC
Isla CalvertLivingston AC
Kate RichardsonGiffnock North AC


U15 Boys
Jack PattonKilbarchan AAC
Hugh MorrowEdinburgh AC
David AddisonCorstorphine AAC
Ben SandilandsFife AC
Alastair MarshallLivingston AC
Harry HenriksenLasswade AAC


U17 Women
Eloise WalkerEdinburgh AC
Cera GemmellTeam East Lothian
Sarah CalvertLivingston AC
Charlotte McKennaGiffnock North AC
Emily AndrewInverness Harriers AAC
Sarah TaitLasswade AAC


U17 Men
Cameron WrightKilbarchan AAC
Christian GrahamLasswade AAC
Calum YoungGiffnock North AC
Sunny McGrathDeveron Harriers
Cameron WatsonInverclyde AAC
Lewis PentecostFalkirk Victoria

Tags: Derek Rae, London Marathon, London Mini Marathon

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