DEREK HAWKINS, the leading British finisher in the Virgin London Marathon on Sunday, was back at work yesterday evening, stacking supermarket shelves.
The Kilbarchan athlete claimed the scalp of double Olympic champion Mo Farah, who dropped out just before half distance. Hawkins yesterday declined World Championship selection; he says there's insufficient time to recover and do himself justice, but says the Frankfurt marathon, three months later, "is a possibility".
Hawkins will pocket $1,500 as first Brit in London, a very modest incentive to improve the standard of British marathon running, though time bonuses (for which the 23-year-old Scot did not qualify) are also paid. His reward is peanuts compared to the £450,000 Farah reputedly earned for his half shift in London, plus the full course next year. Continue Here