Marathon man Derek’s capital effort

Derek Rae.
Derek Rae.

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 the Rae has been receiving coaching support from Ron 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.

A final three hour run and an appropriate period of tapering ensured he was ready for the big occasion.

Everything went according to plan and the result was a significant personal best time for the very talented and determined distance athlete.

Following a serious motor cycle accident and sustaining a brachial plexus injury, requiring him to run with his arm in a sling, Derek has improved as Britain’s leading physically disabled T46 marathon runner.

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

Rae, who now lives in Kirkcaldy, is a member of Disability Sport Fife.