16 Sep

Callum Hawkins Aims For Great Scottish Run Glory

Callum Hawkins on the finish line at the 2015 Great Scottish Run

Participants and kerbside fans alike are in for a real treat on Sunday, 2 October as Scotland's stars of 2016 - Callum Hawkins and Tsegai Tewelde - go head to head with top overseas opposition at the Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run Half Marathon. No Scot has won the prestigious autumn title since it was first staged in 1991 but with Hawkins and Tewelde reaching new heights this year, the possibility of home success is real.

Both Hawkins, who finished ninth, and Tewelde represented Great Britain in the marathon at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro this summer.  Earlier in the year 24-year-old Hawkins had finished an impressive eighth at London Marathon and as first Briton, secured automatic selection for Rio along with Tewelde who was second Briton.

Hawkins finished second to Moses Kipsiro in last year’s event and will be aiming to go one better in the Glasgow 13.1mile race. Tewelde will also be looking to play a prominent part. The 26-year-old settled in Scotland to escape military conscription in his native Eritrea. He almost died when he was blown up by a land mine before settling in Glasgow after taking part in the World Cross Country Championships in Edinburgh in 2008.

Kipsiro is the man the pair will have to beat – the Ugandan Commonwealth 10,000m champion returns to Scotland to defend his Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run having taken victory, clocking 62.18 last year.

Also confirmed are American-based Fifer Andrew Lemoncello and Chris Thompson, the European 10,000m silver medallist, who posted a creditable seventh place at the Great North Run half marathon last weekend.

Triple Olympic champion Tirunesh Dibaba was announced in the women’s field earlier this week, taking on Betsy Saina, who finished fifth in the Olympic 10,000m this summer.

The Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run incorporates both a 10k and half marathon route that takes runners through some of Glasgow’s best-known streets with the action captured live on BBC Two Scotland.

The day before the event, Saturday, October 1, also sees the popular Super Saturday returning to the city with a Toddler Dash, Family Mile and Junior Run. The event enjoyed a record-breaking number of entries in 2015, with more than 30,000 people taking part across the weekend. Half marathon entries close on Monday, September 19.

For more information and to enter the Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run visit the event website.