St Andrews trainer has his runners in top form

Ron Morrison.
Ron Morrison.

A St Andrews coach helped Fife runners to some stunning finishing times at this year’s Virgin Money London Marathon.

Securing her place in the elite top 10 women finishers was Fife AC member Megan Crawford, who was helped to prepare for the event by Ron Morrison.

Crawford finished Sunday’s event in a time of 02:47:21 – meaning she was ninth woman overall to cross the line.

Morrison also coaches the club’s Helen Sharpe, who also finished in the top 10 when she set a personal best by coming one second behind Crawford.

Lee Strachan dipped under the three hour barrier, placing 1035th in 2.57.08.

Close behind were Sophie Mullins in 86th in 3.02.03 and Amie McKimmie in 97th in 3.03.44.

Bev Gibson ran 3.15.16, Jennifer Gibson ran 3.47.24, Susan Harley ran 4.13 and Kerith George-Briant ran 4.22.

Three Fife AC juniors took part in the London Mini Marathon.

In the U15 boys’ race, Adam Scott ran well to finish first Scot home in eighth place.

In the same race, Tristan Rees was 26th.

In the U17 girls’ race, Annabel Simpson finished second Scot in 18th.

Anster Haddie Derek Rae improved on his personal best time by over eight minutes when he completed the 2014 London Marathon in 2:44.43.

For the past 14 weeks, Rae has been receiving coaching support from Morrison, aided by Don Macgregor, who finished seventh in the 1972 Olympic marathon in Munich, in their Fife AC and St Andrews University group.

Rae hopes one day to represent Great Britain as a Para-sport athlete and his run in London was yet another step towards achieving that goal.

His build-up for his first ever London Marathon was well planned and carefully orchestrated by his support team which also includes fellow athletes from the Anster Haddies.

Excellent runs in the 12K Scottish Cross Country Championships in Falkirk, Cupar five miles and the Alloa Half Marathon confirmed he was in form and ready for his most significant challenge of the 2014 season.

Derek travels to St Andrews for training once a week with Morrison and then follows his training programme in venues including the track at the new centre in Glenrothes.

Rae is a member of Disability Sport Fife.