Scottish record time for Carnoustie's Eilish McColgan

Carnoustie’s Eilish McColgan continued her fine recent road running performances to land a Scottish record previously held by her mum and coach Liz.

Scott Inglis
Tuesday, 3rd May 2022, 11:40am
Scottish record time for Carnoustie's Eilish McColgan

McColgan was part of the field which lined up at the Vitality 10,000m event in London at the start of the week.

There she would dominate the field and finish in a time which was just two seconds shot of Paula Radcliffe‘s 19-year-old British and European 10,000m record.

The 31-year-old's time of 30:23, though, was enough to set a Scottish record, beating the previous mark of 30:39 set by her mum Liz in 1989.

"I am really happy with that performance,” McColgan told BBC Sport following her race.

“I’m disappointed to just miss the British mark but hopefully I will have another couple of opportunities this year.

“For me, this is one of the harder records.

"Part of me didn’t believe I could do it, to go close (to Radcliffe’s time).

"It’s given me a lot of confidence.

‘I think I probably ran a 200m PB in the push for the finish line.

"I was so desperate to get the record, but hopefully there will be another opportunity to go for it again later this year.

‘It’s my first time at the event and I loved it.

"The crowds were brilliant, and you get other runners cheering you on too, so that really helped when I felt tired – there’s no time to switch off.”

McColgan went into the race having clocked 14:45 for 5k on the road at the Asics event in Malaga in Spain at the end of April.

The Angus athlete’s recent performances are all the more impressive considering she has only recently returned to running following a bout of Covid-19.

Ellis Cross won the Men’s race in 28:40 to beat Mo Farah by four seconds.

In that race, there was also a 17th place finish for Derek Hawkins of Kilbarchan with 30:07 as Derek Rae, from Fife AC, came home in 31:08, a seven seconds PB for the Paralympian.

In the elite wheelchair races, Great Britain’s Danny Sidbury took the men’s event in a time of 21:23, while Samantha Kinghorn won in 24:45.

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