RENFREWSHIRE star Callum Hawkins claimed his second successive fourth place in the marathon at the World Championships.

The Kilbarchan Amateur Athletics Club ace, who finished in two hours, 10 minutes and 57 seconds, had been leading through 40 kilometres and looked like he could claim the win.

But it was not to be as Ethiopia’s Lelisa Desisa took gold in two hours, 10 minutes and 40 seconds, while his countryman Mosinet Geremew claimed silver and Amos Kipruto of Kenya finished third.

Hawkins, 27, said after the race in Doha that he was “gutted”.

“Maybe I just gave too much in the middle stages. But I couldn’t do any more,” he added.

Hawkins (above) revealed prior to the race that he had been training by running on a treadmill with heaters in his garden shed, after he collapsed while leading the marathon at last year’s Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast because of the heat.

His fellow Kilbarchan AAC runner Jemma Reekie, however, missed out on the semis of the 1500m as she faded to 10th place late in her heat in what was her global championship debut.

Reekie said: “It was tough but at a championships it is always going to be tough. It is a new experience as well and I am just taking it all in.

“I will need to speak to Andy [Young, her coach] and see where it went wrong. I should be running a lot better than I was there based on my training.”

Giffnock North ace Neil Gourley finished 11th in the 1500m.

He said: “I need to get better, there’s no other way around it.”