Hawkins sets new national best record in UK half-marathon
Rio Olympian Callum Hawkins moved to second on the UK half-marathon all-time list as he became the first Scottish man to win the Great Scottish Run since 1983.
The 24-year-old Scot, who finished ninth in the Rio 2016 marathon, fought off last year’s winner Moses Kipsiro to take the win.
And he did so in a new Scottish record time of 60:22 minutes, breaking the previous best of 62:28 set by Alister Hutton.
“I’d no idea what time I was on for,” said Hawkins, whose previous half-marathon best of 62:36 came when he finished runner-up to Kipsiro at last year’s event.
“I was hoping for closer to 62 but I didn’t think I could get anywhere near 61, let alone break it. “When I looked up at the clock, I probably slowed down because I was in shock. I just saw 60-something, I started looking around because I thought it was the wrong clock. But the crowd were unbelievable. It was just fantastic.”
Kenya’s Joel Kimutai came home in third ahead of England’s Chris Thompson. Another Kenyan, Betsy Saina, claimed victory in the women’s race with a course record time of 67:20.