Hawkins chooses Brian Goodwin 10k to continue preparations for 2017 World Championships

Britain's leading marathon runner Callum Hawkins heads the list of entrants for Bellahouston Harriers' flagship 10k road race on Friday 16 June.

Hawkins, who has been selected to compete for Great Britain & Northern Ireland at the World Championships in London this August, is set to take his place on the start line in Pollok Park at the Brian Goodwin 10k alongside hundreds of other runners. The event, which is still open to entries, is approaching a sell-out at 500 competitors.

Hawkins, who represented Team GB in the marathon at the Rio Olympics last year, last raced domestically at the National Cross Country Championships in February when he picked up his second senior title. He recently returned to Scotland after completing a block of altitude training in Boulder, Colorado.

Another former Olympian, Weynay Ghebresilassie of Shettleston Harriers, is among the other leading runners to have entered. Ghebresilassie ran the 3,000 metres steeplechase for Eritrea at the London 2012 Olympics and recently recorded a season's best time of 30:10 at the Babcock Shettleston 10k at the end of May.

Fellow Shettleston Harriers athlete Tewolde Mengisteab, who won the Brian Goodwin 10k in both 2015 and 2016, is also due to compete.

Edel Mooney of Lothian RC was the first female finisher in 2015 and will be looking to regain her title. Mooney is likely to face stiff competition from Metro Aberdeen's Kayleigh Jarrett whose current season's best of 37:38 is just thirty seconds off the time Mooney recorded at the Brian Goodwin 10k in 2015. Ann Robin of the Bellahouston Road Runners is another athlete likely to be in contention for a podium place.

Tom Keenan, President of Bellahouston Harriers, said: "Everyone at Bellahouston Harriers is eagerly anticipating the event. We consider it a real coup that Callum Hawkins has chosen to compete at the Brian Goodwin 10k as part of his build-up to the World Championships in London later in the summer. The fast, flat and scenic route will appeal to not just those competing at the sharp end of the race, but to all our entrants who we hope will enjoy the race and the hospitality afterwards."

With stiff competition in a high quality field, there is a real prospect that the current course record of 30:28, set by British athlete Luke Traynor of Giffnock North AAC in 2014, could be smashed.

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