The Hawkins brothers, Callum and Derek, will face two medal winning stars of Glasgow 2014 when they return to the city of their own Commonwealth Games exploits to spearhead the home challenge in the elite men’s section of the Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run on Sunday.
The Hawkins boys, both members of Kilbarchan Athletics Club, became the first brothers to represent Scotland on the athletics programme at the same Commonwealth Games since Ian and Peter Stewart in Edinburgh in 1970 when they donned the blue vest of the host nation in Glasgow last year.
Callum finished 20th in the 10,000m and Derek an excellent ninth in the marathon, famously emptying the contents of his stomach as he approached the finish line at Glasgow Green.
Now the Scottish distance running duo are looking towards places on the British team for the marathon at next year’s Olympic Games and Callum - three years the junior of his brother, at 23 - will be using Sunday’s half-marathon as a stepping stone to his debut at the full 26.2 mile marathon distance in Frankfurt on 24 October.
They will face world class opposition on home ground in the shape of Moses Kipsiro, the Ugandan who won the Commonwealth 10,000m title at Hampden Park last year, and Kenya’s Isiah Koech, who took silver in the 5000m at Glasgow 2014.
Marathon world record holder Dennis Kimetto has been forced to withdraw because of injury but the field also includes fellow Kenyans Japheth Korir, the 2013 world cross country champion, and Emmanuel Bett, runner-up in last year’s Great Birmingham Run half marathon - plus Liverpool harrier Jonny Mellor, the reigning British 10,000m track champion and winner of last week’s Morrisons Great Yorkshire Run, and Australia’s Collis Birmingham.
The Hawkins brothers are both coached by their father, Robert, but have been benefitting from vital input into their training from Steve Jones and have been out to Boulder, Colorado, to train under the guidance of the US-based Welshman who holds the British marathon record.
Callum made his half marathon debut in last year’s Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run, winning the Scottish title and finishing sixth overall in 63 minutes 06 seconds. Three weeks ago he was the second British finisher, behind Mo Farah, in the Morrisons Great North Run, placing eleventh in 63 minutes 35 seconds.
The Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run will be televised live on BBC 2 Scotland and BBC 2 from 11.00 to 14.00 on Sunday 4th October.
Entry to the Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run 10k is still available. Visit the pop up shop in St Enoch’s Centre (near the top of the Argyle Street escalators) between 10am and 6pm Thursday 1 and Friday 2 October and between 10am and 4pm on Saturday 3 October.
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