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Callum Hawkins to defend Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run title

Callum Hawkins to defend Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run title

Rising star heading back to Glasgow to tackle half-marathon once more

Callum Hawkins will be looking for another victory when he toes the start line of the Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run on October 1.

The 25-year-old became the first homegrown winner of the men’s race since 1983 when he crossed the line 12 months ago in a time of 60:24, a Scottish half-marathon record at the time. His winning mark was subsequently annulled due to the half-marathon course being 150m short, but the Kilbarchan athlete went on to run 60:00 when he won the Kagawa Marugame International in Japan in February, beating Allister Hutton’s 20-year-old national record of 62.28.

Hawkins’ superb 2017 was further underlined by his impressive fourth-place finish at the IAAF World Championships marathon in London this summer. That performance raised his international profile further but the Scot is already well-known in Glasgow, having competed at the Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run – which features a half-marathon and a 10km – since 2013.

“I’m looking forward to returning to the Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run and competing again in Glasgow,” said Hawkins. “I have been doing this event since 2013 and it is very close to my heart. The support from the home crowd is always great and I’m sure it will be no different on October 1.

“I’ve had a good year and I’m confident of putting in a good performance in the half-marathon.”

Hawkins joins compatriot Andrew Butchart, who will be making his half-marathon debut. “I’m looking forward to racing against Callum on the day,” said the man who finished eighth in the 5000m world championships final. “It’ll be a case of seeing how long I can keep pace with him.”

In the women’s field, Jo Pavey returns to Glasgow to take on the half-marathon. The 10,000m European champion in 2014 finished fourth in the half-marathon two years ago.

» The Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run will be televised on BBC Two from 11am until 1.45pm.

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