Scottish Athletics awards
ALLUM HAWKINS returned to altitude training in Font Romeu last Sunday with the FPSG Scottish athlete of the year award to his name and a renewed determination to reach new heights in 2018, writes Euan Crumley.
During the star-studded FPSG Scottish Athletics awards dinner at the Hilton Hotel in Glasgow the 25-year-old, who came out on top of a shortlist which included Laura Muir, Sammi Kinghorn, Eilish McColgan and Chris O’Hare, capped an impressive year in which he finished fourth in the marathon at the IAAF World Championships in London and set the Scottish half-marathon record by running 60:00 in Japan in February.
Last Saturday was a night to remember for the Hawkins family, with Callum’s father and coach, Robert, being named performance coach of the year, but it didn’t take long for the focus to switch back to the challenges which lie ahead.
For Hawkins, all roads now lead to the Gold Coast in April and the Commonwealth Games marathon.
Following that performance of 2:10:17 in London and coming so close to a medal, he has set his sights on reaching the podium this time. Dewi Griffiths’ recent run of 2:09:49 at the Frankfurt Marathon has also further strengthened the Scot’s resolve to get quicker.
“Yes and no,” said Hawkins when asked if the Welshman had raised the bar. “His run was phenomenal. I always knew Dewi had it in him – I didn’t think he’d be that quick, maybe low 2:10s – but he’s definitely made me want to go out and get my time down. That will be tough with the championships but I know I can do something similar timewise.”
Hawkins’ schedule leading up to that will include a first outing over 15km at the Seven Hills in Holland later this month, before some races over 10km and a springtime half-marathon “in Britain”.
With Mo Farah now permanently heading back to UK shores, it will be intriguing to see what happens when the pair eventually meet on the roads. Hawkins, for one, can’t wait.
“I’m always ready to take on Mo,” he grinned. “I’m always ready to take on the best and it will be good when I actually get to race him.”
As for the standing ovation which greeted the announcement of his award, the Kilbarchan AAC athlete, who had broken off from his training camp in France to attend the evening, was both touched and taken aback.
Hawkins, whose choice from the shortlist would have been Kinghorn, named as Scottish para athlete of the year, said: “It’s pretty flattering to be put on top of those great people.”
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