Callum Hawkins will lead a group of seven men chasing the sub-60 minute barrier at the eighth edition of the Mattoni Olomouc Half Marathon in the Czech Republic on June 24.
The British distance runner is targeting the event as part of his build up to the marathon at the IAAF World Championships in London in August.
Last year the 24-year-old was ninth in the Olympic marathon and in January finished second in a field that included Mo Farah at the Great Edinburgh XCountry before going on to break the Scottish half-marathon record in Japan.
The city of Olomouc, home to six UNESCO world heritage sites, is situated 179 miles south east of the Czech capital Prague, and the race should give the Kilbarchan AAC athlete the right kind of test prior to London.
Callum raced to a course record of 29.12 at the Brian Goodwin 10K held by Bellahouston Harriers on Friday evening in Glasgow’s Pollok Park.
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The 2017 UK Inter Counties and England Athletics Track & Field Championships will be held at the Bedford International Athletic Stadium, Barkers Lane, Bedford, on the weekend of July 29/30.
Up to two athletes can be entered in each event for each Scottish District providing the athlete has entered the England Championships in the normal way and they have met the required championship entry standard.
Please note all athletes MUST enter themselves individually for the England Athletics Championships. CAU (Counties Athletics Union) medals and England Athletics medals will be awarded to top three athletes.
If you want to be entered into the CAU, please let contact scottishathletics President, Leslie Roy, with the following information: Name; event; PB; 2017 Season Best; scottishathletics membership number; Email address.
Please contact Leslie by email: firstname.lastname@example.org Closing date for expressions of interest is July 10.
With thanks to Leslie Roy
Following Richard Bowker’s appointment as Chair elect in January, UK Athletics are delighted to announce the formal conclusion of his transition into the role of Chairman with immediate effect.
As planned, a handover of responsibilities from outgoing Chair, Ed Warner, has now been completed. Warner will leave UKA after almost 11 years following the conclusion of this Summer’s World Championships.
The transition will enable Warner, UKA’s Co-Chair of London 2017, to now focus all of his time on final preparations and delivery of the Para Athletics World Championships and IAAF World Athletics Championships London 2017, which commence in the London Stadium on July 14 and finish on August 13.
‘I am delighted to be taking over as Chair of UK Athletics from Ed Warner at such an important moment for our sport,’ said Bowker.
‘With two World Championships about to take place in London, we will not only have a brilliant summer of Athletics to look forward to but we also have a really strong platform on which to build an even more exciting future.’
Congratulations to Amy Carr, who has been selected by British Athletics for the inaugural World Para Athletics Junior Championships in Nottwil, Switzerland.
Amy will compete in the U20 T37 100m, 200m and Long Jump at the Champs, due to be held between 3-6 August.
The Middlesborough AC (Mandale) athlete is also eligible to compete for Scotland, via her dad, who hails from Glasgow.
More details on the British Athletics website