28 Mar

Hawkins Heading To Manchester

Callum hawkins

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.