Irish eyes smile on impressive Haddie Derek

Leven based athlete Derek Rae.
Leven based athlete Derek Rae.

Phoenix Park in Dublin is one of the most beautiful public parks in the world and for Anster Haddie Derek Rae it offered the opportunity of first time involvement in a 10 mile run in the company of some of the leading distance athletes in the country.

The occasion was the Frank Duffy 10 mile run and Scotland’s leading physically disabled marathon runner was given the chance by Scottish Athletics to team up with six of Scotland’s top mainstream athletes, preparing for the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in 2014.

Derek set a target of a sub 57 minute run and true to form he completed the course in 56.52 and a finishing position of 41st.

Derek was over the moon about teaming up with Scotland’s Josh Lilly who completed the run in 49.46 for an overall second place finish.

The local runner’s other team-mates finished in fourth and fifth places for a great overall Scottish performance.

Derek is indebted to Scottish Athletics for the opportunity to compete in such a wonderful setting and the chance to learn so much from the country’s top distance athletes as they prepare for Glasgow 2014.

The Anster Haddie achieved his target time and proved once again he can run with the best mainstream athletes over a range of distances.

Derek’s run in the Edinburgh Marathon of 2013 remains his best performance to date and he has targeted the London Marathon of 2014.

The DSF member will compete for Fife at the Scottish Disability Sport Athletics Championships in mid September over 1500 metres.

Derek hopes to win selection for Team GB and may be considered for the Paralympic Games in Rio in 2016.