Kilbarchan's Callum Hawkins narrowly missed out on victory at yesterday's Leeds Abbey Dash 10K, with the Scottish runner finishing just three seconds behind the winner, Matty Hynes. In what was its 29th year, more than 9,500 runners successfully completed the race to ensure it attracted its biggest turnout to date.
Participants departed from Leeds Town Hall and passed through some of the city's most important historical buildings, including Kirkstall Abbey, before returning to Yorkshire Television Studies on the way to the finish line. 2011 winner Susan Partridge started both the 10k and 2k Junior Race.
The race lived up to its reputation as being seriously fast, with the top 15 runners all securing 30 minutes or below. Hynes had to produce a PB to take victory, coming home in 29:23, with Josh Lilly taking second 29:25 and Callum Hawkins third 29:26 (chip time 29:24).
Hawkins' performance, coming not long after his first place at the Great Scottish Run 10K, represents his fastest to date and will surely bode well for his selection prospects as the Commonwealth Games approaches. It was a good weekend for the Hawkins family as Callum's brother, Derek, made a successful parkrun outing with victory at Strathclyde park. Derek finished well ahead of the field in a time of 15:10.
Full results are available at our sister site northernrunningguide.com.