Partridge and Samuels set for marathon in Moscow

Personal best performance from Susan Partridge at Virgin London Marathon secures her spot for IAAF World Championships in August

Susan Partridge VLM 2013

Susan Partridge and Sonia Samuels have been selected for the IAAF World Championships in Moscow, Russia, later this summer.

A three-minute personal best of 2:30:46 at the Virgin London Marathon on Sunday was enough to secure Scottish athlete Partridge a spot on the marathon team, her time being 14 seconds inside the ‘A’ qualifying standard for the championships as well as inside the qualifying standard for next year’s Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Her performance in London, which saw her finish as highest placed British female, adds to her consistent marathon record, with the 33-year-old Steve Jones-coached athlete having been the leading Briton in the 2011 World Championships.

Partridge will be joined in Moscow by Sonia Samuels, who gains selection thanks to her current ‘A’ qualifying standard of 2:30:56 set at the Berlin Marathon in September.

“The performances at the weekend were very encouraging and I’m delighted to be able to select Susan Partridge and Sonia Samuels to represent GB & NI at the IAAF World Championships,” commented British Athletics head coach Peter Eriksson.

“Our endurance programme has already made a lot of progress and I’m confident that both athletes will perform well in Moscow and enable us to continue moving forwards.”

The GB & NI team will be without Derek Hawkins in Russia, as the Scot has decided to focus on improving his track performances before returning to the marathon.

Hawkins, who followed up his debut run of 2:14:04 from Frankfurt last October by finishing as first Brit in 13th place in London with a time of 2:16:50, said: “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 5000m and 10,000m times, I’ll then return to the marathon when I feel ready to progress again.”

Alyson Dixon, who was narrowly outside the qualifying mark for Moscow with her 2:31:08 set at the Brighton Marathon, expressed her disappointment at not being a part of the team on Twitter, but added that missing the World Championships has made her more determined to make next year’s Commonwealth Games and see through an “attack on sub 2.30″.

“As expected I haven’t made the team for the World Champs,” she tweeted. “But it’s not the end of the world, just the beginning of an attack on sub 2.30!”

She later added: “I didn’t run the time needed so can’t complain. Just got to focus on running fast in autumn now instead.”

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