26 Apr

Derek Decides Against Moscow

Derek Hawkins

Kilbarchan runner Derek Hawkins has decided against competing at this year's World Championships in Moscow. Fellow Scot Susan Partridge, however, will be taking part in the competition this August for the second time in her career. Partridge was best Brit in the women's event at Virgin London marathon on Sunday. She finished 24th in the World Champs in Daegu in 2011 and her 2.30.46 in London was inside the A qualifying standard of 2:31:00, making her an automatic choice. She said: "The only question after Sunday was whether I wanted to go to Moscow - and I do."

23-year-old Hawkins was fastest Brit in the men's race but has decided to concentrate on the track for the time being. His time of 2:14:04 on his marathon debut in Frankfurt meant he had already qualified for the World Championships.

Hawkins, who helped Commonwealth Games Scotland launch Team Scotland at the Kelvingrove Art Gallery this week, explained his decision not to compete in Russia: "If I ran at the World Championships it would be my third marathon in ten months and I don't feel that I could prepare well enough to do myself justice. My plan now is to take a break from the marathon and work on improving my 5,000m and 10,000m times, I'll then return to the marathon when I feel ready to progress again."

Despite his 13th place in London, Derek insisted he was disappointed with his time of 2:16:50: "I don't think it went as well as I expected and I'm pretty disappointed with the way things went, to be honest. I was hoping for a much quicker time. I wanted a personal best but I was nowhere near it and I'm racking my brains as to why. The first 10 miles I was really feeling it. The next 15 I slowed down, and the last mile was pretty grim.

"Being the first GB athlete to cross the line is no consolation either, because there were not that many GB athletes involved this year for some reason. My preparation was pretty much flawless but it just didn't happen for me on the day so my overriding feeling isn't mixed emotions, it's disappointment."

On a more positive note, he is hoping the decision will prove beneficial come 2014: "Getting to the Commonwealth Games is my priority, so I have to think about what's best for me. I want to try and run the race of my life in 2014."