Cal­lum Hawkins

Runner's World (UK) - - DOUBLE BILL -

Even for some­one as lev­el­headed as Cal­lum Hawkins, be­ing de­scribed as a ‘great ath­lete’ by Bri­tain’s best ever dis­tance run­ner must have been a thrill. In Jan­uary, Hawkins be­came the first Bri­ton in seven years to beat Mo Farah in a race, while nar­rowly fin­ish­ing second to Amer­ica’s Leonard Kiror in the Great Ed­in­burgh In­ter­na­tional Cross-coun­try at Holy­rood. Af­ter the race, Farah paid gen­er­ous trib­ute to the Scot­tish ath­lete: ‘He just has some­thing about him. There is a great fu­ture [there].’

Sir Mo is right – the 25-yearold from Elder­slie in Ren­frew­shire has in­deed got some­thing about him. That per­for­mance came off the back of a stel­lar 2016, when he burst onto the scene to fin­ish eighth in the Lon­don Marathon in April. A time of 2:10:52 saw him come home as first-place Brit in only his second 26.2-miler – and qual­ify for the Rio Olympics.

Not sur­pris­ingly, that race is still etched on his mem­ory. ‘The marathon is such a bru­tal event, and com­ing up Em­bank­ment I was in a lot of pain, but with the crowd and me be­ing first Brit, I can’t re­ally put into words how amaz­ing the feel­ing was.’

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