Callum Hawkins will lead a group of seven men chasing the sub-60 minute barrier at the eighth edition of the Mattoni Olomouc Half Marathon in the Czech Republic on 24 June. The Scot will take part in the event as he continues his preparation for the marathon at the IAAF World Championships in London in August.
2017 started in sublime style for Hawkins, when he set a Scottish record in the half marathon at the Kagawa Marugame International in Japan, with a time of 60:00. He will now look to carry on his form into Olomouc.
The city of Olomouc is situated 179 miles south east of the Czech capital of Prague and the race will see 6200 runners embark from historic Horni Square at sunset on a course that will take them through lush green parks and on quaint roads, before a number of stunning examples of Baroque architecture.
Kenyan duo Simon Cheprot and Kenneth Keter are sure to provide stern opposition to Hawkins in the Czech Republic, both boasting sub-60 PBs. The Olomouc course record of 60:17 was set in 2014 by Kenya’s Geoffrey Ronoh.