After their exploits at London Marathon, Scottish Olympic hopefuls Callum and Derek Hawkins, and Tsegai Tewelde, look set to compete at this year’s Great Scottish Run Half Marathon on 2 October. The trio, who qualified for the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games following outstanding performances in the capital, helped launch the Great Scottish Run in Glasgow yesterday (4 May).
Younger brother Callum, running only his second marathon, sealed his place for Rio with an eighth place finish in London and was the first British finisher in an outstanding time of 2:10:52. Older brother Derek came home as third Brit finisher and 14th overall in an impressive 2:12:57. Tsegai will also go to Rio after finishing in 2:12:23 to secure twelfth place in his debut marathon.
This year’s Great Scottish Run will be staged on the 1 and 2 October, featuring up to 30,000 runners of all ages and abilities, with the half marathon televised live on the BBC. Starting at George Square in the heart of Glasgow, the Great Scottish Run sees runners follow the iconic 10k and half marathon routes through the city before entering Glasgow Green and reaching the tree-lined finish straight in the shadow of Nelson’s Monument.
Mark Hollinshead, chief executive of organisers the Great Run Company said: "Callum, Derek and Tsegai all ran outstandingly well in London and did Scotland proud. We are delighted that they are set to become a part of the Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run weekend following Rio."
Bank of Scotland will again sponsor the event with BBC Children in Need as its chosen charity.
For more information and to enter the Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run visit the event website. You can follow the event on Twitter using #greatscottishrun or on Facebook.