Thomp­son tears up script in Glas­gow tri­umph

English­man’s clear-cut win ahead of home hope

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen) - - SPORT -

Chris Thomp­son ob­vi­ously hadn’t read the script when rac­ing to a clear-cut vic­tory in the Bank of Scot­land Great Scot­tish Run half marathon held through the streets of Glas­gow yes­ter­day.

Scot­tish marathon hero Cal­lum Hawkins (Kil­barchan AAC), who won last year, was the hot tip to re­tain his ti­tle in front of an ador­ing home crowd, but it wasn’t to be.

Eng­land’s Thomp­son seized the ini­tia­tive, made an early break, and nei­ther Hawkins nor any­one else in the huge field was able to re­spond.

The Alder­shot Farn­ham and District club mem­ber pow­ered on to take first place in 1.02.44 while Hawkins had to dig deep into his re­serves to snatch sec­ond place and the Scot­tish ti­tle from fel­low Rio Olympian Tsegai Tewelde (Shet­tle­ston Har­ri­ers), both men shar­ing the same time of 1.03.18. Thomp­son said: “There were some cheeky com­ments from the side­lines at times as the lo­cals tried telling me Cal­lum was closer be­hind than he re­ally was.

“I was de­ter­mined not to look, but even­tu­ally I gave in and did, then re­alised he wasn’t right be­hind me, although he was never too far away. The ban­ter was good though.

“It was an in­ter­est­ing po­si­tion to be in, lead­ing an ath­lete who fin­ished fourth in the world cham­pi­onships. He is such a good ath­lete and you know you can’t show any weak­ness when you are ahead or he’ll chew you up.

“I am just de­lighted to have had such a good day as it doesn’t al­ways hap­pen for me now.”

Hawkins was dis­ap­pointed but not too down­hearted by the out­come. He said: “It was tough. I was hop­ing Chris had gone off too hard and he’d come back to me later in the race.

“I was push­ing hard to catch him but it wasn’t hap­pen­ing.

I’ve been strug­gling re­cently in train­ing although I felt I was bet­ter than I showed today, but ob­vi­ously not.

“Then it be­came a bat­tle be­tween me and Tsegai for sec­ond place. I don’t usu­ally like to leave it so late in a sprint fin­ish but there was no op­tion today.

“I’m now go­ing to get down to pre­par­ing for the Com­mon­wealth Games next year.”

Welsh­man Kris­tian Jones, win­ner of the pre­vi­ous week­end’s River Ness 10km, was fourth in 1.06.11.

Kenny Wil­son, Mo­ray Road Run­ners, slashed 62sec off his pre­vi­ous best time when fin­ish­ing sev­enth in 1.07.37.

The re­sult made up for his dis­ap­point­ment last year when he was de­nied a fast time af­ter the course was found to be short.

Wil­son, win­ner of the Great Aberdeen Run 10km in Au­gust, was de­lighted with his per­for­mance.

He said: “I tried to stay with Kris­tian for as long as I could and that lasted for five miles.Af­ter that I was able to work with two Shet­tle­ston run­ners but I had a bad patch at 11 miles when I got a stitch, so it was tough from there on.

“I am pleased with my time. I would have been happy with any­thing un­der 1.08, so it’s ab­so­lutely. It’s also good to get into the top 10 at an event like this.”

Aberdeen AAC’s James Hoad se­cured a per­sonal best 1.08.38 in 12th po­si­tion.

Olympic 5,000m run­ner Andy Butchart (Cen­tral AC), mak­ing his de­but over the dis­tance, was 14th in 1.10.03.

Kenyan Isa­iah Kos­gei, who was fourth in the pre­vi­ous week­end’s Loch Ness marathon and is tem­po­rar­ily based in Aberdeen, fin­ished 16th in 1.10.08.

Gor­don Len­nox (In­ver­ness Har­ri­ers) was 29th in 1.13.10.

Kenya’s Florence Dan-

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