26 Oct

Hawkins Impresses In Marathon Debut

Callum HawkinsCallum Hawkins recorded an impressive debut marathon performance in Frankfurt yesterday (Sunday 25 October). The Kilbarchan AAC athlete finished the race in 2:12:17, well under the British Athletics’ selection standard of 2:14:00 for the Rio Olympics.

The 23-year-old was 12th overall, around 6 minutes behind men’s winner Sisaye Kasaye of Kenye (2:06:26). Hawkins has been in fine form recently, finishing the Great Scottish Run on 4 October with a PB of 62:42. Following his marathon performance, Callum tweeted: “Absolutely chuffed with 2:12:17 and an OlympicQT hopefully it is enough to book a place for Rio”.
He follows in the footsteps of older brother Derek who also made his marathon debut in Frankfurt in 2012, finishing in 2:14:04. Derek took to Twitter to post a light-hearted response to his brother’s news: “Sad times now I only have 1 pb (1500m) from the 100m to the marathon faster than @callhawk”.
Callum is the second British man to gain British Athletics’ standard with Scott Overall clocking 2:11:24 at Berlin Marathon in September. Another Brit making his 26.2-mile debut in Frankfurt was Jonny Mellor of Liverpool Harriers who finished in 2:16:52. 
The women’s race saw Gulume Chala lead an Ethiopian 1-2-3, completing the race in 2:23:12, with compatriots Dinknesh Tefera and Jelela Yal in second and third respectively. 
For a full list of results, visit our race listings page