Callum Hawkins is hoping to become the first British man to win the Simplyhealth Great Manchester Run when he takes on the 10k race on Sunday 28 May. The 24-year-old Kilbarchan AC runner is having an outstanding 2017. He smashed the Scottish record at the Japan’s Kagawa Marugames International Half Marathon in February with a time of 60:00, and recorded the fastest ever half marathon by a European athlete on US soil earlier this month, finishing second at the NYC Half in 60:08.
Callum said ahead of the Great Manchester Run: “I’m looking forward to Manchester as I build on my preparations towards the World Championships in London.” Hawkins, whose PB of 29:19 was clocked in 2015 added: “10km is a distance I don’t get the chance to race much and my time is certainly due a revision. Of course a win would be great in a home race like this but I’m sure there will be some quality international athletes too. One thing is for certain – I’ll put everything on the line come Sunday, 28 May.”
If he is victorious, Callum will join an illustrious list, which includes Haile Gebrselassie, Keninisa Bekele and Paul Tergat.
The 6.2-mile route takes runners from the city centre out to Old Trafford on a fast and flat course, with the finish line on Deansgate alongside the iconic Beetham Tower. The event is celebrating its 15th anniversary this year by adding a half marathon which has already reached its 8,500 capacity.
There are, however, still places for the 10K. For more information, and to enter, visit the Great Run website.