Kilbarchan's promising Derek Hawkins produced a memorable performance to mark his marathon debut in Frankfurt. On top of an 18th place finish in a highly established field, Hawkins' time of 2:14:04 places him well within the Commonwealth Games qualifying standard (2:19) set for Glasgow 2014.
The Scottish cross country champion, who has enjoyed a prolific 2012 with victories at the Paisley and Scottish Gas 10ks, took advantage of Frankfurt's fast course and cool conditions with a controlled run. Passing the mid-way point in 1:07:33, Hawkins got progressively quicker in the second half of the race, completing the final 13.1 miles in 1:06:31. With such a sizeable negative split, the Kilbrachan runner has certainly strengthened the possibility of an even faster timenext year.
As expected, pre-race favourite Patrick Makau took first place with 2:06:08. The world record holder's victory, however, was far from straightforward, trailing Deressa Chimsa for the majority of the race. Makau's winning time was considerably slower than Kipsang's 2:03:42 to win last year's event, a fact he attributed to fatigue: "My legs weren't working today. They just weren't reacting. But I found the strength in the end."
In the women's field, Ethiopia's Mamitu Daska was unable to defend her title as her compatriot, Meselech Melkamu, took first place and a course record in her marathon debut. Melkamu finished in 2:21:01, with Georgina Rono second 2:21:39, and Daska third in 2:23:52.
Full results of Frankrurt marathon are available via scottishrunningguide.com