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7 Nov

Hawkins Is Cream Of The Crop

Callum Hawkins is celebrating after being named the FPSG Scottish Athlete of the Year at the Scottish Athletics awards dinner in Glasgow. The Kilbarchan AAC star held off strong competition to claim the prestigious honour.

Hawkins flew in from altitude training in the Pyrenees to receive his award, which comes following a sensational year and saw him set a new Scottish half marathon record and take fourth place at the World Championships in London.

He becomes the first male to win the award since hurdler Allan Scott back in 2008, with the 2017 shortlist having also featured two-time winner Laura Muir, world para-athletics record-holder Sammi Kinghorn and Scottish record-holders Eilish McColgan and Chris O’Hare.

“I am absolutely delighted to win the FPSG athlete of the year award for 2017,” said Hawkins.

“It’s a great honour because I think everyone knows that Scottish athletes have been performing really well and there are some very talented and successful athletes on the shortlist.

“So thanks to those who made the selection and to Scottish Athletics and their sponsors for the award – the reception on Saturday night at the FPSG awards dinner was a special moment. I took a lot of confidence into 2017 after winning bronze at the Euro Cross last December and then running well at Holyrood Park at the start of the year.

“It wasn’t beating Mo Farah, because I don’t think he was really in shape at that time and it would be wrong to claim otherwise, but it was the performance and going so close to winning that day which added to my belief for 2017. Then the two half-marathons in Japan and New York set me up for the summer in London. Overall I have to be pretty satisfied with the way the year unfolded.

“Now it is all about getting ready for the Commonwealth Games marathon and seeing what I can do out there in April.”

There was double delight for the Hawkins family, when Callum’s father and coach Robert was awarded the Performance Coach of the Year for 2017.

See a full list of 2018 award winners at the Scottish Athletics website.