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Callum Hawkins talks World Champs

by Press Release
Monday 15th May 2017
Marathon runner Callum Hawkins hopes to improve on his remarkable Rio run at the World Champs in London this summer - given the right preparation and a slice of luck.
The talented Scot, who has put together superb form since that surprise ninth place at the Olympics, is emerging as a global force after fine 2017 performances in half marathons in Japan and New York.
Now 24-year-old Hawkins hopes to 'mix it' with the world's best over 26.2 miles in London.
'The plan for the World Champs is just to get out there and mix it again,' said Callum.
'Hopefully I can go there and improve on what I did in Rio. But you never know in a championship and especially in the marathon. Anything can happen and, of course, I will be up against the world's best.
'I know the home support will be crazy. The London Marathon itself is a bit nuts in terms of the crowd so I can only imagine what it will be like for a World Champs.
'I think British athletes are feeding off these 'home games' opportunities. You only have to look at how a number of Scots have kicked on since Glasgow 2014. That was the catalyst for some of us and it has really sparked something.'
Callum was back in Scotland after a training stint in the United States ahead of his next race, the Great Manchester Run 10K on May 28. A slight hamstring strain forced him off the track in a 10,000m race in California last week but it was a precaution.
And he took time out to get back to his roots by presenting the Lindsays trophy for cross country participation in Scotland to Giffnock North AAC on behalf of Scottish Athletics.
The Glasgow-based club topped a table prepared by the governing body tallying the number of finishers by clubs at three major National XC events across the 2016-17 season at Cumbernauld, Renfrew and Falkirk - sponsored by legal firm Lindsays.
‘I'm delighted to get involved with presenting the Lindsays Trophy to Giffnock North because cross country means a lot to me,’ said Callum, who has won the Senior National XC title twice.
‘It is how I started in the sport. In fact, looking back all of my early success was in cross country rather than on the road or the track. My first Scotland vest and my first GB and NI vest came in cross country.
‘I raced Falkirk again this year and enjoyed it. The Lindsays Cross Country series is growing year on year and that is good for the sport. I think what is happening is people are losing any fear of competing. Clubs are getting better numbers out and then they compete with each other.
‘Cross country gives you a great base for the year so I'd always advise young athletes to get involved and get out there and enjoy it and race. If you are telling me that 10 clubs had more than 100 athletes involved in three National XC events across the past year then I think that's great news.
‘I think, on the day of the Lindsays National XC at Falkirk, you can really feel the growth of the sport and the sheer number of club vests on show is great.’
Giffnock North had 187 athletes finish those three Lindsays Cross Country Season events – the National Relays, the National Short Course Champs and the National XC itself – and that was enough to win the Lindsays trophy for the second year in a row. Central AC were second and Edinburgh AC third.
Euro Cross bronze medallist and National XC winner Callum was on hand at Giffnock’s training night at Eastwood High School on Thursday to present the trophy and meet athletes and coaches. He was joined by Ian Beattie and Fiona Sargent from Lindsays.
'I would like to congratulate Giffnock North AAC on retaining the Lindsays trophy this year, in the face of strong competition from a number of other clubs,' said Ian Beattie, scottishathletics Chairman.
'We are delighted at the number of athletes of all ages taking part in the three events that make up the Lindsays Cross Country series for this trophy.
'The record number of participants is yet another indication of the great work being carried out in athletics clubs all over Scotland. Those clubs play an important role in their local communities, and we at Lindsays are pleased to support this work through our sponsorship of the series.'
Dudley Walker, lead endurance coach at Giffnock North, said: ‘We are delighted to win the Lindsays Trophy for the second time. At the club, we think cross country is very important and we try and encourage as many athletes as possible to compete.
‘The National Championship events are key on our calendar and put a lot of emphasis on team spirit on those days. We say thank you to Scottish Athletics and Lindsays for their support of the Cross Country Series in the past few years’

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