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Kinghorn to compete in London Mini Marathon



Scottish athlete Samantha Kinghorn will compete in her first wheelchair road race later this month – at the London Mini Marathon.

The 16-year-old from near Gordon in the Scottish borders is heading south for the big event in the English capital on Sunday 22 April.

Samantha competes out of Gala Harriers and Red Star Athletic club and is coached by Ian Mirfin. Ian won the BBC nationwide Unsung Hero award at the Sports Personality of the Year award last December.

‘Sami is a very promising young athlete and she is looking forward to what is her first road race,’ said Ian. ‘She has put a lot of work and effort into her training so it will be great to see her compete in the London Mini Marathon.

‘She and her family regularly make the journey from the Borders to Grangemouth to train so it is great when that kind of commitment is rewarded.’

The teenager is now an important member of the scottishathletics/Scottish Disability Sport national squad and will compete for that group in Gateshead the week after her trip to London.

It will be a special weekend for Scottish athletes with a disability because another Red Star athlete, Meggan Dawson Farrell, is taking part in the full London Marathon.

Meggan, 19, is making her debut at the distance in London and is also coached by Ian.

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