6 Feb

Great Scots

Callum HawkinsThere were a number of outstanding performances from Scottish athletes competing abroad at the weekend (4-5 February) with record-breaking victories from Callum Hawkins and Laura Muir.

Callum Hawkins set a new Scottish half marathon record, clocking 60:00 at Kagawa Marugame International in Japan. The achievement comes after Callum’s previous Scottish half marathon record was invalidated following the re-measurement of the 2016 Great Scottish Run course.

Laura Muir broke the Scottish, British and European Indoor Records for 3000m with a time of 8.26.41 in Karlsruhe, Germany. The 23-year-old’s time is 1.45 seconds faster than the previous record set by Russian Liliya Shobukhova.

In New York, Andy Butchart won the Armoury Invitational Mile event (3.54.23), placing him second in the Scottish all-time list and third on the British list for one mile.

Casey Morgan was on fire at the 9 Dragons 50/50 ultra in Hong Kong. The Glasgow runner won the two-day event in 16:51:13. Another Scottish ultra runner, James Stewart, finished first at the Rocky Raccoon 100 in Texas in 13:39:13.

James said in his blog after the race: “I am honoured to have a small footnote in the history of such an iconic race. And on its 25th anniversary too.”