Derek Rae came second in the World Para Athletics Championships held during the 26.2-mile event on Sunday. Derek, 33, of Kirkcaldy crossed the finish line in a time of 2:27:08, carving six minutes off his personal best. He told Paralympics GB he was stunned by his performance. He said: “It’s a huge PB.
“I knew I was in good shape coming into this one, at least sub 2:30 shape. “I ran the whole race with confidence but quite conservatively.
“I don’t think it has sunk in yet, it’ll probably take a few weeks.
“I’m super proud; I’m proud of myself and the team.
“It’s a great individual achievement but also good to get the team going on the medal table for the world championships.”
Derek became a para athlete following severe injury to his arm and the right side of his body in a road accident nine years ago.
He said: “We’ve sacrificed a lot over the last six years; myself, my wife, my team, and now we are starting to reap the rewards. Proud is an understatement.” In last year’s marathon he won the World Para Athletics Marathon Cup for his T45/46 class, finishing in just over two hours and 36 minutes.