Callum Hawkins was unable to retain his Great Scottish Run title as Chris Thompson shone on a gloomy Glasgow Sunday morning in which 22000 runners took to the streets of the city. The Surrey runner was first over the line in the half marathon, finishing in 62:44.
Hawkins ((63:18) took second place, 34 seconds behind Thompson and required a late push to ensure he edged out Tsegai Tewelde.
Speaking on Twitter, Thompson expressed his delight following his victory: “Really chuffed to win today @great_run #greatscottishrun I’m still fighting to get back to my best and will continue to do so until my work is done. Callum Hawkins is one tough chap even on a tough day for him. It'll serve him well in his long athletic career ahead of him.”
The first female finisher was Kenyan athlete Flomena Cheyech Daniel with a time of 70:17. Charlotte Purdue finished second in 72.18, while the first Scottish woman to finish was Fionnuala Ross with a time of 74.26, the third woman to cross the line.
Scottish World Para Athletics Championship 100m and 200m gold medallist Sammi Kinghorn won the women’s wheelchair 10k race in 29.45, while Sean Frame was men’s winner in 29.28.
In the 10K race which set off earlier in the morning in Glasgow, Stuart Gibson (Cambuslang Harriers) took victory in a time of 31.37, with Shettleston Harrier Alasdair McLeod narrowly finishing second in 31.55. New Marske Harriers’ Darren Thom was third in 32.55.
Rebecca Murray (Bedford and County AC) clinched victory in the women’s race in 34.30, ahead of Inverness Harriers’ Jenny Bannerman who clocked 35.50 and Claire Bruce of Metro Aberdeen, third in 35.55.