Para-athlete Derek continues to improve

Derek Rae
Derek Rae

Kirkcaldy runner Derek Rae is continuing to improve in his quest to become an international Para-sport athlete.

Since being taken under the wing of the Fife AC coaching team of Ron Morrison and Don MacGregor in St Andrews he has made steady progress on the track and roads over a range of distances.

His focus for 2015 is to run in his second London Marathon but for the first time in the IPC Athletics elite runners race and enter the rankings list for class T46.

Competing for Disability Sport Fife at the Scottish Championships organised by Scottish Disability Sport and Scottish Athletics, Derek ran a personal best for 1500 metres of 4 minutes 27 seconds.

This event was held in Perth in September and it was only in June that he set a track PB of 4.42. The 1500m is a much shorter distance than his specialist events but clearly indicates the considerable progress he has made on the track.

Derek’s most important run was earlier this month in the Scottish 10K Championships in Stirling where he ran a PB of 32.40. This was a personal best by 1.24 and another landmark performance in what has been a great year so far.

Derek followed this run with a time of 33.16 in the East Neuk 10K, maintaining high quality runs in the events targeted by coach Ron. The next milestone will be the Glasgow Half Marathon on October 5.

It is all good for this young Fife athlete at the moment and it gets even better soon as he ties the knot with partner Susan, who has been an enormous source of strength and influence since his accident in particular.