Molly Huddle claims third consecutive title ahead of Emily Sisson
Callum Hawkins continued his run of impressive performances on Sunday (March 19) as he finished second behind Olympic marathon silver medalist Feyisa Lilesa at the United Airlines NYC Half.
Lilesa’s strong finish saw him claim victory in 60:04 as Hawkins clocked 60:08 for a time that is just eight seconds off the Scottish half-marathon record he ran in Japan last month.
Molly Huddle claimed women’s race victory for the third consecutive year as she clocked 68:19 ahead of her training partner Emily Sisson, who ran 68:21 on her debut at the distance.
Ernst van Dyk won his third consecutive wheelchair title, while Susannah Scaroni claimed her first victory.
Prior to the event, Hawkins had told AW that he was looking for a “competitive race” rather than a particular time. Always to the fore, he had splits of 14:25 for 5km, 28:46 for 10km, 42:52 for 15km and 56:58 for 20km before Lilesa denied him victory with a late kick.
Rio Olympic marathon ninth-placer Hawkins, who sits second on the British half-marathon all-time list behind only Mo Farah, will now go on an altitude training camp in Boulder, Colorado, under the eye of Steve Jones as he continues his build-up to the IAAF World Championships in London.
“It was such an exciting race, but overall it was just really tough,” said Hawkins. “I was throwing everything I could just to get rid of Feyisa, but he was just too strong in the end.”
Behind Hawkins, Teshome Mekonen was third in 60:28 and Stephen Sambu fourth in 60:55. Jonny Mellor was 10th in a PB of 62:23, one place ahead of Ross Millington who clocked 62:40 on his half-marathon debut.
Completing the top three in the women’s race was Diane Nukuri with 69:13, while Edna Kiplagat was fourth with 69:37.
Elsewhere, Mare Dibaba beat Vivian Cheruiyot to the EDP Lisbon Half Marathon title, 69:43 to 69:44.
Jake Robertson won the men’s race in 60:00 on his half-marathon debut.
Back in the UK, the Vitality Reading Half Marathon was won by Andy Vernon and Charlie Purdue in 63:08 and 72:15 respectively.