KINGHORN GOES THE DISTANCE
LIKE Mary Keitany and Lily Partridge, Britain’s Sammi Kinghorn is another targeting an autumn marathon and the double World Para Athletics Championships sprint champion clocked 52:47 on her half-marathon debut in preparation.
The 21-year-old placed second in the women’s wheelchair race behind Switzerland’s Manuela Schar as she works towards the Bank of America Chicago Marathon, with a spot on Scotland’s team for the Commonwealth Games in the 1500m and marathon her aim.
Schar broke the course record with 48:43.
“That was pretty tough, I’m obviously not used to that distance! But I enjoyed it,” said Kinghorn.
“It’s just keeping positive the whole way, because in the 100m and 200m I don’t have to think. You’ve got a long time to think about your technique and stay sane!”
On the challenges of moving from the sprints to long distance, she added: “Because I can’t lean my weight into corners I constantly have to take my hands off the push rims (to steer). I think it’s all about learning. It’s fast. At some points I was doing 36 miles an hour. That’s quite scary! I don’t really like uphills as much, but the downhills are fun!”
Course record: Manuela Schar won from Sammi Kinghorn and Liz McTernan