The Marathon Project on December 20 produced some incredible results for many athletes in one of the few racing opportunities of the year. One of those athletes was Scottish-born runner Sarah Inglis, who ran her debut marathon in 2:29:41 for ninth place. Inglis, who lives and trains in Vancouver, was only 11 seconds off the Olympic qualifying standard. She has now been added to the roster for the Scottish ‘Marathon Project’, to develop her performance at the distance ahead of the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.
Under the direction of highly-regarded coach Robert Hawkins, the Scottish Marathon Project was launched in 2019 with the goal of supporting the country’s established marathoners and providing opportunities for athletes who are looking to transition to the distance. Hawkins is the father of Scottish marathon record holder Callum Hawkins and two-time national cross-country champion Derek Hawkins.
The main target for the program is the Commonwealth Games in 2022, and Hawkins hopes to send two full teams of three men and three women to the event. He is pleased to have Inglis added to the list of competitors at the Scottish Marathon Project, citing that in a difficult year with very few racing opportunities, it is good to see more depth added to the field.
“Sarah Inglis has been working towards the marathon for some time now, and her debut in Arizona was promising – going very close to the Olympic marathon standard with a run of 2:29:41,” he said.
The 2022 Commonwealth Games will be held in Birmingham, England from July 28 to August 8. The marathon standards for the event are 2:15:12 for the men and 2:36:49 for the women.