Ten days ago Callum Hawkins said his ideal result at the Virgin Money London Marathon would be a ‘top 10 and a Scottish record’.
Yesterday, his dream became reality, as he put memories of his collapse a mile from the finish at the Gold Coast Commonwealth marathon a year ago behind him in some style.
Hawkins finished 10th overall in a time of 2.08.14, taking just over a minute off of Allister Hutton’s record effort (2.09.16), to boot. As it happens, the Scottish record was also set in London, in 1985 – seven years before the Kilbarchan AAC athlete was even born.
Callum told scottishathletics after the race. "I am delighted to get the Scottish record. It was really tough, it was windy about three quarters of the way around. I had a funny moment when I hit 40km but I managed to get myself back together.
"I was hoping for 2:07 but I am happy with 2:08 given the conditions. It’s a good stepping stone for whatever I choose towards the end of the year.
"Hopefully it is the Worlds and hopefully I will be pushing a medal and be in even better condition. It is the first time I have not negative split finishing a marathon so it was tough but there are a lot of positives."
Reflecting on his race on Twitter, Callum acknowledged his effort and thanked his supporters: “Went all in today and the wheels came off in the last 5k. Ground it out and held on for 2:08 and a Scottish record.
“Thank you to everyone for all the support, [it] really helped me through the tough bits.”
Hawkins’ performance earned him a place at the World Championships at Doha later this year. He also might find himself packing his bags for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics next summer.