It was a hugely successful day at the Virgin Money London Marathon for Fife AC, with a fifth place in the IPC World Championship, a top 10 finish in the marathon, a silver medal in the Mini Marathon and a whole host of personal bests.
The London Marathon doubled up as the IPC World Marathon Championships and Derek Rae, who is a member of the Anster Haddies club but trains with Ron Morrion’s Fife AC group in St Andrews, represented Great Britain.
Derek ran the race of his life to smash his previous personal best set in London last year to finish in fifth place in 2.40.40.
Fife AC’s Megan Crawford, who is also coached by Ron Morrison, was the club’s star performer of the day.
Megan placed sixth in the amateur women’s race and recorded a six minute personal best of 2.40.26, which is testament to the hard work and commitment both her and Ron have put in since she started as a student at St Andrews University.
Megan was not the only Fife AC woman to record a personal best over the 26.2 mile course.
Katie Jones was rewarded for all her winter training with a superb 2.52.30 clocking and Sophie Mullins recorded her first ever sub 3 hour clocking with 2.58.12, with both girls beating their respective personal bests by over four minutes.
Amie McKimmie ran 3.02.21 to dip under her previous best set in London in 2012 and Jen Kibble ran 3.10 to smash her previous best set at the Loch Ness Marathon in 2013.
Other top Fife AC results were Lee Strachan 2.49.29, Hilary Ritchie 3.14.36 (7th V50), Andrew Milne 3.28.26 pb, Sarah Legge 3.35.43 and Lynne Stephen 3.43.28.
In the prestigious Mini Marathon, which runs along the final section of marathon course, Fife AC’s Adam Scott was the highest placing Scot of the day.
Adam, from Kirkcaldy, who won the Scottish U15 Road Race title last month in Greenock, took the silver medal in the U15 boys’ race.
He was just one second behind winner Matthew Merrick, covering the 3 mile course in 15.02.
In the same race, George Rees was Scotland’s second counter, finishing in 19th place.