Callum Hawkins kick started 2017 where he left off in 2016 with another superb performance on the international stage.
The men’s senior race concluded proceedings on a mild Saturday afternoon underneath Arthur’s Seat in Edinburgh’s historic Holyrood Park.
Callum arrived ready to compete with international starts including Sir Mo Farah & winner on the previous two occasions USA’s Garret Heath. He did just that and took the race to the front from the gun, leaving many of the field in his wake as a front three quickly established off the front, Callum, Garret and Kenyan born US athlete Leonard Korir (a 27:29 10,000m athlete).
With a couple of long laps remaining Garret dropped off the pace of the lead two and Callum charged and charged to shake off Korir, especially on the uphill sections where he had an extra edge.
One water jump remaining and Callum had established a gap as he entered the home straight but the finish speed of Korir was to deny Callum on this one as he couldn’t live with the final kick from Korir and Callum was pipped into second place on the line.
A wonderful race to watch – Video Highlights
Earlier on in the afternoon Jemma Reekie was involved in the first live TV race, competing in an exciting 4 x 1k relay for Scotland.
Jemma was on the last leg of the mixed relay, taking over from fellow Scot who had positioned Scotland in the lead at the end of the third leg with an excellent run pulling them up from fourth overall.
Hot on her heels was training partner Laura Muir who quickly established a lead on Jemma and American athlete who look destined to be battling for 2nd place. Laura ran the 1k in 2:53 and gave GB the victory, with Jemma just finished 1 second behind the US to finish 3rd. Well done to Jemma on an excellent performance.