Following his third place finish at last weekend's Cross Country Challenge in Liverpool, Callum Hawkins is preparing to don the GB vest for the first time in three years. The Kilbarchan AC runner has been chosen to represent Great Britain for the SPAR Euro Cross in Belgrade on Sunday 8 December.
The 21-year-old has had an impressive year, winning the Great Scottish Run 10K in October and coming a close second at Leeds Abbey Dash on 18 November, to name a few highlights. Hawkins last went to the Euro and World Cross Country as an U20 athlete - performing well in Poland three years ago when he finished 47th. He has been hampered by injuries since then and underwent two knee operations in 2012.
Hawkins said: "It was a frustrating time and there was a lot of rehab work that had to be done after knee operations in March 2012 and then in December that year as well. I want to thank my physio, Linda Hardy of the sportscotland Institute of Sport, for all the support over the past few months. I've felt much better in the last few weeks and it was a decent run in Liverpool.
"I had actually not done a cross country event since the Edinburgh one right at the start of 2012 - so almost two years. But I've been to Euro and World Cross events before and worn the GB vest so I kind of know what to expect although It does feel a while ago now. It will be great to do it again in Belgrade and run for GB."
Callum will be part of a 36 strong GB & NI squad heading to Belgrade. For a full list of athletes, go to the British Athletics website.