Hawkins smashes course record with victory at the Brian Goodwin 10k

The course record at Bellahouston Harriers' flagship 10k road race was smashed on Friday night as Olympian Callum Hawkins led home arguably the strongest field to have assembled for the event since its inception in 2011.

Hawkins' official winning time of 29:14 supersedes the previous course record set in 2014 by fellow British athlete Luke Traynor of Giffnock North AAC by over one minute.

On a night of landmark achievements, Traynor was also under the previous course record, finishing second in a time of 29:27. Tewolde Mengisteab of Shettleston Harriers was third in a time of 31:20.

Elspeth Curran of Kilbarchan AAC was the winner of the women's race in a time of 36:28. Curran finished ahead of second-placed Kayleigh Jarrett (36:48) of Metro Aberdeen and third-placed athlete Ann Robin of Bellahouston Road Runners (39:17).

First home for Bellahouston Harriers was Jack Heathwood (33:09), who held off the challenge of team-mate Jack Arnold by a single second. Janine Dickie was the first female Harrier running 41:53, a new personal best.

Cambuslang Harriers were the winners of the men's team prize, with Bellahouston Road Runners picking up the women's award.

In total, 452 runners finished the flat, fast course of two loops in and around Pollok Park.

Competing in the Brian Goodwin 10k was the latest stage in Hawkins' preparations for this August's World Championships in London, where he is set to represent Great Britain & Northern Ireland in the men's marathon. Hawkins finished ninth in the marathon at the Rio Olympics last year.

Prior to the 'Goodwin, Hawkins last competed in Scotland at the National Cross Country Championships in February where he won his second senior title. The Kilbarchan AAC athlete recently completed a block of altitude training in Boulder, Colorado, and on Friday night set the new course record despite having completed a chunky marathon training session earlier in the day.

Hawkins said: "I really enjoyed the race. This morning I ran 6 miles at my normal pace, which is just under 6 minute miling, then 5 miles at quicker than marathon pace, averaging 4:53/mile, followed by a 2 mile cool down. Tonight my legs felt not too bad, but when I do these double workouts I usually do the race first then the session second. I was slightly disappointed to not be under 29 minutes, but I was out to race first."

Next weekend Hawkins will continue his preparations for London by racing a half marathon in Olomouc in the Czech Republic. He said he will be going into that race "quite heavy" with about 100 miles worth of training planned in the preceding week.

Looking ahead to August's World Championships, Hawkins said: "My aim for London is to improve on Rio and put my face into the mix, but really to just go out and enjoy it."

Hawkins admitted that one of his career aspirations is to set a new Scottish marathon record, which currently stands at 2:09:16, set by Allister Hutton in London in 1985. Steve Jones' British marathon record of 2:07:13 remains a longer-term target.

"I am still a long way from Steve Jones' record," Hawkins said. "It would be nice to get it but it is a ridiculous time when you break it down."

Tom Keenan, president of Bellahouston Harriers, said: "This was a historic night for the club, with a new course record – our congratulations go to the race winners Callum and Elspeth. It was a real privilege to watch such a high standard of race, and of course we wish Callum the very best with his continuing preparations for the World Championships."

"The 2017 Brian Goodwin 10k was the biggest and best yet, and we hope every runner who took part enjoyed the event - and the free post-race beer and burger too! Putting on an event of this size takes significant organisation. I would like to thank club members and all the other volunteers who gave up their time to ensure this year's race ran smoothly, and extend a further thanks to our sponsors Run4It for their support and backing," Keenan said.

Thanks must also go to Tunnocks, Lees, Sainsbury's East Kilbride, Morrisons Crossmyloof, and Tesco Silverburn for their support.

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