Callum Hawkins

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Callum Hawkins
Hawkins at the 2016 Olympics
Personal information
Birth nameCallum Robert Hawkins[1]
Born (1992-06-22) 22 June 1992 (age 31)
Elderslie, Renfrewshire, Scotland
Alma materButler University
University of the West of Scotland
Height179 cm (5 ft 10 in)[2]
Weight62 kg (137 lb)
SportTrack and Field
Event(s)3000-10,000 m, half marathon, marathon
ClubKilbarchan Amateur Athletics Club
Butler University
University of the West of Scotland[3]
Coached byRobert Hawkins (father)[3]
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)3000 m – 8:07.98i (2010)
5000 m – 14:03.37i (2012)[4]
10000 m – 28:02 (2019)
HM – 1:00:00 (2017)
Marathon – 2:08:14 (2019)[5]
Updated on 6 August 2021.

Callum Robert Hawkins (born 22 June 1992) is a British distance runner, who competed in the marathon at the 2016 Summer Olympics. He is the Scottish record holder in the marathon and the British all-time number three at that distance behind Mo Farah and Steve Jones. Hawkins is also the all-time Great Britain number two (and European all-time number six) in the half marathon. He is the Great Scottish Run course record holder and was the first British man to win that event in 23 years.

Personal life[edit]

Hawkins was born on 22 June 1992 in Elderslie near Paisley.[6] He has two elder brothers, Scott and Derek, the latter of whom is also an international distance runner.[7] The brothers were encouraged to take up athletics and are trained by their father Robert, a former international runner.[3] Between 2010 and 2012 Hawkins competed for the Butler University in the United States, earning all-American status, and winning the 2011 Men's Athlete of the Year award for the Great Lakes Region. He was the first athlete from the Butler University to win the award. After that he studied mechanical engineering at the University of the West of Scotland.[7] Some time before 2013 he had two surgeries on his left knee.[3]


At the 2010 IAAF World Cross Country Championships held in Bydgoszcz, Poland, Hawkins finished 47th in the junior men's race in a time of 24 minutes and 21 seconds.[8]

In 2013 he finished seventh in the men's under-23's race at the European Cross Country Championships. At the 2014 European Cross Country Championships he improved to a fifth-place finish in the under-23's race.[6]

Hawkins competed at the 2014 Commonwealth Games held in Glasgow, Scotland, representing the host nation in the men's 10,000 metres, finishing 20th.[9]

In October 2015 he finished the Great Scottish Run in a time of one hour two minutes and 42 seconds, setting a personal best to in second place overall behind Uganda's Moses Kipsiro and winning the gold medal for Scottish athletes.[10][11] Later that month he competed in his first marathon in Frankfurt, finishing twelfth in two hours 12 minutes and 17 seconds, in a race won by Ethiopia's Sisay Lemma.[12]

At the 2016 London Marathon, his second event over the distance, Hawkins finished eighth overall, and was the first British-qualified athlete to finish, in a time of two hours 10 minutes and 52 seconds. This time was inside the qualifying time of two hours 14 minutes needed to earn him a place in the Great Britain team for the 2016 Summer Olympics to be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.[13][14] He was joined in the men's marathon by fellow British athletes, Tsegai Tewelde and his brother Derek Hawkins.[15]

Hawkins finished ninth in the marathon at the 2016 Olympics in a time of 2:11:52.[2]

In October 2016 he again ran the Great Scottish Run and this time was the overall winner of the event in 1:00:24. This would have been a new Scottish half-marathon record, but the race was found to be 150 m short, which invalidated the result.[16]

In January 2017 he became the first British athlete to beat Mo Farah in any race for 7 years at the Great Edinburgh International Cross Country race, which has been held annually since 2005. In fact Callum was 2nd in this race overall (with Farah in 7th) - Callum had put in a strong performance to lead for most of the race, but was out-sprinted by Leonard Korir in the final straight.

In February 2017 Hawkins won the Kagawa Marugame Half Marathon in Japan, in 60:00, setting a new Scottish half-marathon record. The previous record was set by Allister Hutton in 1987.[17]

In August 2017 Hawkins finished 4th in the men's marathon at the 2017 World Championships, equalling the best ever performance by a British runner in this event.[18]

Hawkins competed at the 2018 Commonwealth Games held in Gold Coast, Australia, and collapsed near the finish while leading, from heat exhaustion in 30 degree heat.[19]

Hawkins came fourth in the men's marathon at the 2019 World Athletics Championships, the same placing as in 2017.[20] He competed in the men's marathon at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan.[21]

International competitions[edit]

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
2009 European Youth Olympic Festival Tampere, Finland 1st 3000 m 8:23.62
European Cross Country Championships Dublin, Ireland 19th Junior race 19:17
1st Junior team 24 pts
2010 World Cross Country Championships Bydgoszcz, Poland 47th Junior race 24:21
9th Junior team 198 pts
2013 European Cross Country Championships Belgrade, Serbia 7th Under-23 race 24:18
1st Under-23 team 40 pts
2014 European 10,000m Cup Skopje, Macedonia 10,000 m DNF
Commonwealth Games Glasgow, United Kingdom 20th 10,000 m 29:12.52
European Cross Country Championships Samokov, Bulgaria 5th Under-23 race 25:49
2nd Under-23 team 31 pts
2016 World Half Marathon Championships Cardiff, United Kingdom 15th Individual 1:02:51
4th Team 3:07:00
European Championships Amsterdam, Netherlands 9th Half marathon (individual) 1:03:57
9th Half marathon (team) 3:18:26
Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 9th Marathon 2:11:52
European Cross Country Championships Chia, Italy 3rd Senior race 27:49
1st Senior team 28 pts
2017 World Championships London, United Kingdom 4th Marathon 2:10:17
2018 Commonwealth Games Gold Coast, Australia Marathon DNF
2019 World Championships Doha, Qatar 4th Marathon 2:10:57
2021 Olympic Games Sapporo, Japan Marathon DNF



  1. ^ Statutory registers - Births - Search results, ScotlandsPeople
  2. ^ a b Callum Hawkins Archived 26 August 2016 at the Wayback Machine. rio2016
  3. ^ a b c d Callum Hawkins Archived 19 September 2016 at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ "Athlete Profile".
  5. ^ [1]. IAAF
  6. ^ a b c "Athlete Profile Callum Hawkins". British Athletics. Retrieved 10 May 2016.
  7. ^ a b Bloom, Ben (22 April 2016). "London Marathon 2016: Sibling rivalry inspires Hawkins brothers". The Telegraph. Retrieved 10 May 2016.
  8. ^ "Callum Hawkins Athlete Profile". IAAF. Retrieved 10 May 2016.
  9. ^ "Cross Country: Callum Hawkins in for the long haul as he prepares to take on Farah". The Herald (Glasgow). 4 January 2015. Retrieved 10 May 2016.
  10. ^ "Great Scottish Run: Moses Kipsiro & Edna Kiplagat win half marathon". BBC Sport. 4 October 2014. Retrieved 10 May 2016.
  11. ^ "Brilliant Callum now ready for marathon". Scottish Athletics. 5 October 2015. Archived from the original on 5 June 2016. Retrieved 9 May 2016.
  12. ^ "Callum Hawkins beats Olympic marathon mark on debut". BBC Sport. 25 October 2015. Retrieved 10 May 2016.
  13. ^ Ingle, Sean (24 April 2016). "London Marathon: Tsegai Tewelde and Callum Hawkins make British Olympic team". The Guardian. Retrieved 9 May 2016.
  14. ^ "London Marathon: Callum Hawkins and Tsegai Tewelde seal Rio places". BBC Sport. 24 April 2016. Retrieved 9 May 2016.
  15. ^ Lewis, Jane (26 April 2016). "Rio 2016: Tsegai Tewelde living Olympic dream after London Marathon". BBC Sport. Retrieved 9 May 2016.
  16. ^ "Great Scottish Run half-marathon course found to be short". BBC News. 30 January 2017.
  17. ^ "Callum Hawkins sets Scottish half-marathon record in Japan". BBC Sport. 5 February 2017. Retrieved 16 February 2017.
  18. ^ "World Championships 2017: Callum Hawkins fourth as Geoffrey Kirui wins marathon". BBC Sport. 6 August 2017. Retrieved 16 August 2017.
  19. ^ Martha Kelner (4 October 2018). "Marathon experts condemn delay in treatment to collapsed Callum Hawkins".
  20. ^ "Marathon Men − Final − Results" (PDF). IAAF. 5 October 2019. Archived from the original (PDF) on 27 June 2020. Retrieved 6 October 2019.
  21. ^ "Men's Marathon Results" (PDF). 2020 Summer Olympics. Archived (PDF) from the original on 8 August 2021. Retrieved 24 August 2021.

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