Scot­tish Athletics awards

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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.”

Cal­lum Hawkins: prize guy

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