Derek Hawkins and Adam Craig (pictured at the Great Scottish Run in Glasgow by Bobby Gavin)
The Valencia Marathon delivered on a reputation for quick times – and it was a strong weekend for our Scots in Spain.
And the fine performances led by Derek Hawkins and Adam Craig ensured a solid conclusion to 2022 for Scottish marathon running.
Olympian Derek posted 2:13.14 in his first marathon since 2019 and within only 25 seconds of his PB – a great run after years of hard work by the Kilbarchan AAC athlete to get back to this kind of fitness and form.
Adam Craig of Inverclyde AC made a strong debut over the distance with a time of 2:13.58 and that took him to fourth on the Scottish rankings for 2022. Dougie Selman of Corstorphine AAC clocked 2:24.05.
There was also an excellent PB from Ginie Barrand of Metro Aberdeen with 2:37.25 (improving significantly from her 2:45.03 in Edinburgh a few months ago).
Pitreavie AAC’s Rebecca Burns made a solid debut over the distance with 2:51.12.
Impressive PB @GinieBarrand in Spain 2:37.25 (from 2:45 in Edinburgh) + @RBurns1990 solid debut 2:51.12 @PitreavieAAC
Well done !
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— scottishathletics (@scotathletics) December 4, 2022
In terms of the scottishathletics Marathon Project, which is led by Robert Hawkins, on the men’s side there is encouragement with four athletes having now run sub 2:14 this year.
Luke Caldwell (2:11.33) and Weynay Ghebresilasie (2:11.57) lead the rankings followed by Derek and Adam.
There was disappointment of course around Commonwealth Games selection, but there were a number of factors at play including injuries, rehabilitation, European Championship selection).
Sarah Inglis (2:29.37 in Chicago) leads the Scottish women’s ranking for the marathon for 2022.