Glenrothes wheelchair racer at workshop

Susanne McGrath
Susanne McGrath

Susanne McGrath, a wheelchair racer from Glenrothes, recently attended the Scottish Athletics workshop in Grangemouth to pick up tips from the UK’s leading wheelchair racing coaches and fellow athletes.

She has only been wheelchair racing for a couple of years, but in that time she has made a positive impression on Disability Sport Fife (DSF) coaches and fellow athletes.

With support from her father Eddie in particular, Susanne has demonstrated regular commitment to training and continuous improvement in her performance.

In 2015 Susanne turned in a few impressive pushes in track racing meets.

This lead on to the impressive feat of becoming one of the small band of GB female wheelchair athletes who have completed a marathon: the Edinburgh Marathon in May and she completed the course in 3:58:14.

She also competed in the 2016 Great Scottish Run and says she is confident in her ability to improve upon her 2016 times and she is preparing accordingly.

This will supplement the advice she already receives weekly from DSF lead coach Pamela Robson, who was also be in attendance along with other Fife athletes and coaches at the Grangemouth workshop on February 11.

Susanne began wheelchair racing later in her career with the aim of completing a marathon before she turned a certain age.

She says wheelchair racing means much more to her now and the mum of two has set a challenging schedule for 2017.

In addition to her track racing, Susanne plans to compete once again in the Edinburgh Marathon in May and the Dublin Marathon for the first time in October.