There will be a battle of Britain’s two fastest half marathon runners when Sir Mo Farah and Callum Hawkins go head-to-head at The Big Half, London’s new half marathon on 4 March, 2018.
Mo and Callum are the number one and two in the all-time British rankings for the 13.1-mile distance. Farah set the UK record time back in March 2015 when he clocked 59:32, while Hawkins ran a personal best (PB) of 60:00 in Japan this February.
Sir Mo will continue the new road racing chapter of his career at The Big Half as part of his preparation for London Marathon the following month while Scotland’s Hawkins, who was fourth in this year’s World Championships marathon in London, will be looking for further success on the streets of the capital. Further international athletes for The Big Half will be announced in the coming months.
Hawkins, 25, said: “I am really looking forward to The Big Half now I know I will get the chance to race Mo again. I’ve made no secret of the fact that I love testing myself against the very best athletes in the world and they don’t come any better than Mo.
“Racing in London is always so special. The crowds are amazing and it has brought the best out of me in the past. I qualified for the Rio Olympics at the 2016 Virgin Money London Marathon, which was really my breakthrough race and then finished fourth in the marathon at the 2017 London World Championships. So I’m always confident when racing in the capital and I’m hoping I can enjoy more success in March.”
Farah, 34, who announced his retirement from track competition after London 2017, said: “I am thrilled to be part of The Big Half. It will be an ideal preparation race for me for London Marathon six weeks later. Everyone knows I love running on the streets of London and I look forward to this new event.
“It’s fantastic for British Athletics that we now have a new generation of runners, like Callum, coming through who are able to compete at the top end of world-class races. I hope my achievements over the years has shown them what is possible.”