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Callum Hawkins to return to racing at London 10,000

Callum Hawkins to return to racing at London 10,000

Scottish marathoner to make his first appearance since his collapse at the Commonwealth Games, while Jo Pavey and Lily Partridge will also run in London

Callum Hawkins has been announced for the Vitality London 10,000 on Monday April 28, in what will be his first race since collapsing while leading the Commonwealth Games marathon on the Gold Coast last month.

The Scottish star had been on course for victory in Australia until, overcome by the heat, he lost control of his body and fell just two kilometres from the finish.

Australia’s Michael Shelley came through to win the race, while Hawkins was taken to hospital to receive medical treatment.

The Kilbarchan AC athlete continues to recover and has returned to training in his home city of Glasgow ahead of his competitive return to action at the Vitality London 10,000 on Bank Holiday Monday.

“I feel a lot better now I have had some rest since returning from Australia and I’m looking forward to getting out there and competing again,” said the 25-year-old, who also reflected on his fall a week later at a New Balance event in London.

“It has been a few years since I ran a 10km on British roads and it will be a good race to see where I am at in order to kick-start my summer. Hopefully it will be an entertaining race for all the fans who will come out to watch too.”

Hawkins will once again compete against Mo Farah at the event which starts on The Mall and finishes in front of Buckingham Palace.

The Scot ran a 10km PB of 29:03 in the Netherlands in February, while Farah’s 10km personal best is 27:44 which he ran on the London 10,000 course in 2010 and he will be going for his sixth victory in this event. The four-time Olympic champion showed he remains in good shape following his third place at this year’s Virgin Money London Marathon by running 28:27 to win the Simplyhealth Great Manchester Run 10km last Sunday.

Chris Thompson has also shown by his form this year that he still has the quality to make it more than just a two-man race.

Thompson was one of three British men to run inside 28 minutes at Saturday’s Highgate Night of the 10,000m PBs. The 37-year-old rolled back the years to run 27:52:56 – his fastest time over the distance since 2011.

Other British men confirmed for this year’s Vitality London 10000 are Johnny Mellor (PB 28:50), John Beattie (PB 29:11), Josh Griffiths (PB 29:28), Matt Sharpe (PB 29.31) and Dan Studley (PB 29:40).

In the women’s race, last year’s Vitality London 10,000m champion Jo Pavey has been added to an exciting field which also includes Lily Partridge and Steph Twell.

Pavey, the 2014 European 10,000m champion, won last year’s race in 32:57. She has not run competitively this year but will be hoping to once again mix it with her younger rivals.

Partridge, who won the 2016 Vitality London 10,000, finished in a superb eighth place overall in last month’s London Marathon, setting a personal best of 2:29:44.

Twell is coming off the back of a busy schedule at the Commonwealth Games where she competed in both the 1500m and 5000m, finishing seventh in the former and 14th in the latter.

Other names in the elite women’s field include Sonia Samuels, Louise Small and Caryl Jones.

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