Derek’s on the road to success again

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LEVEN-based Anster Haddie Derek Rae has achieved one of his top targets this year by finishing in the top 10 of the 2012 John R. Weir Tour of Fife.

The 26-year-old’s achievement is all the more remarkable as Derek had missed a fair chunk of training this season because of further major surgery, followed by a period of rehabilitation, to his right upper arm.

In June 2010, Derek was involved in a serious motor cycle accident, resulting in massive injuries to the right side of his body including arm, ribs, shoulder, head and eyes, resulting in a brachial plexis injury.

After joining Disability Sport Fife (DSF) earlier this year, he received a UK classification of T46 by the International Paralympic Committee.

Being classified has opened up opportunities in disability sport for Derek to compete in tandem with his involvement in mainstream sport.

The Edinburgh Marathon of 2013 is another major target, where he hopes to improve on his previous best over 26 miles of three hours 22 minutes.

In the 2012 Tour of Fife, Derek finished in ninth place overall with a total time of 02:01.26.

The tour is a gruelling series of races for distance athletes but Derek was satisfied with all of his performances during the five-evening schedule.

On the first evening, he finished 10th in a time of 28.18 and headed to Cupar on evening two to record a time of 30.24 and a 10th place in the Tarvit Trail race.

Derek’s best finish of the week was recorded on the third evening in the race they call ‘up hill’, where he finished in eighth place in a time of 11.03.

For participating athletes, the ‘Chariots of Fire’ beach race on the fourth evening has a special appeal and, on this occasion, Derek recorded a time of 25.22 to finish in 10th spot.

The final race was up Black Hill and Derek rounded off an excellent Tour performance, recording an eventual ninth place finish in 26.19.