- Scottish runner Steph Twell dropped out of the women's elite race at the London Marathon on Sunday, suffering with an injury.
- It was Twell's first Virgin Money London Marathon.
Speaking to Scottish runner Steph Twell before the elite-only Virgin Money London Marathon, Twell told Runner's World she had been struggling with plantar fasciitis during lockdown. 'I’ve had to learn how to manage it,' she says. 'That's been really interesting. It hasn’t stopped me from training, but it’s maybe impacted that next 10%.'
On Sunday, Twell was visibly upset when she pulled out of the race around the 25km mark. Twell has since tweeted thanking Scottish Athletics for their support, saying 'This means a lot! Thanks for being there in the tougher times as well as the good!
'Conditions magnified a niggle today so tough call to DNF but one which I will look to bounce back from!'
SUPPORT STEPH— scottishathletics (@scotathletics) October 4, 2020
Hard to bear for @StefApril in London today but such a determined athlete we're absolutely certain she will bounce back strongly #SALtogether @SALMarkMunro @ianbeattie1 @Tartanshorts @kilbarchanaac @morwood_joseph @HawkinsRunning https://t.co/sR3UyoCXxe
Twell has already proved her natural talent at the marathon distance, breaking the Scottish marathon record at her second attempt at the distance in Frankfurt last autumn.
The conditions on Sunday were undoubtedly tough, with British athlete Lily Partridge also finishing prematurely.
Despite all the disruptions to her training during lockdown, Twell told Runner's World she was excited for the race last week, saying, 'It's an opportunity to be rubbing shoulders with people that I look up to, and think wow, I’ve still got a long way to go in my career.'
We look forward to seeing what she does next.
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