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Eilish McColgan British 10k record invalidated

Commonwealth Games 10,000m champion Eilish McColgan has had her European and British 10k records invalidated after it emerged this year’s Great Scottish Run was 150 metres short.

Organisers said that the shortfall in the 10k course in Glasgow was due to “human error” and apologized to participants.

The course began in Glasgow’s George Square before proceeding to the city’s Southside and finishing at Glasgow Green.

The error had a “marginal” knock on to the half marathon, they said, but that it was “within tolerance”, with the course on the day valid.

It is the second time there has been a discrepancy of the distance of the run, after it came up short by 149.7 metres in 2016.

It was McColgan’s final race of a busy and successful 2022 season. She is now on holiday in Egypt and was told of the news by Great Scottish Run organisers – the Great Run Company – before their chief executive, Paul Foster, put out a statement saying: “We were recently made aware of a discrepancy with the 10km course at this year’s Great Scottish Run. Following an internal investigation, we have established it was 150m short.

In a statement, he said the organisation is “extremely disappointed” about the error.

“We were recently made aware of a discrepancy with the 10k course at this year’s Great Scottish Run,” he said.

“Following an internal investigation, we have established it was 150m short. The shortfall in the distance was wholly due to human error.

“This error invalidates Eilish McColgan’s European and British 10k records that were believed to have been set on the day. We have been in touch with Eilish directly to explain and to apologise.

“We’ll be in touch with everyone who took part in the 10k offering a 10% discount on entry into the 2023 event.”

Eilish McColgan sets a new record at Great Scottish Run

Commonwealth Games 10,000m champion Eilish McColgan set a new British Record at the Great Scottish Run 10K Run held on Sunday (02) in Glasgow, Scotland.

The 31-year-old who holds the British and European 10km record of 30:19 that she got early this year at the Great Manchester Run, came with confidence as she looked to run another fast time in Scotland’s biggest city.

The Scottish athlete who has had a quite extraordinary year that has seen her set British records over 5km, 10km and the half-marathon, while on the track McColgan also claimed four major championship medals, including a famous Commonwealth 10,000m gold medal for Scotland in Birmingham, lived to her expectations as she ran the fastest time on their home soil of 30:18.

She was followed a distant later by Lesley Bell who crossed the finish line in 36:33 with Ruth Joss coming home in third in 37:01.

Alison Rowatt and Holly Morrison came home in fourth and fifth place in a time of 38:09 and 38:25 respectively.

LEADING RESULTS

10KM WOMEN

  1. Eilish McColgan   – 30:18 (New British Record)
  2. Lesley Bell             – 36:33
  3. Ruth Joss               – 37:01
  4. Alison Rowatt       – 38:09
  5. Holly Morrison     – 38:25

Eilish McColgan to close her racing season in Glasgow

Commonwealth Games 10,000m champion Eilish McColgan will be the star to watch at the Great Scottish Run that will be held on October 2, 2022 in Glasgow, Scotland.

The 31-year-old who holds the British and European 10km record of 30:19 that she got early this year at the Great Manchester Run, is beaming with confidence another fast time in Scotland’s biggest city.

McColgan withdrew from the much anticipated marathon debut in London on October 2 because of a medical issue that has been identified as rebound hypoglycemia, which effects endurance athletes and leads to reduced blood sugar levels.

The Scottish athlete has had a quite extraordinary year that has seen her set British records over 5km, 10km and the half-marathon, while on the track McColgan also claimed four major championship medals, including a famous Commonwealth 10,000m gold medal for Scotland in Birmingham.

She became the first British distance runner to compete in six championships outdoor finals in the same season and covered an astonishing 31 miles over five weeks on the track.

“It’s been a great year for me, culminating in my medals on the track, the highlight was my Commonwealth Games victory, roared on by the crowd,” McColgan said.

“I can think of no better place to do that than to come home and take to the streets of Glasgow over 10km on October 2 at the Great Scottish Run.”

“The Great Scottish Run is one of the UK’s premier running events and Scotland’s biggest 10km & half-marathon.

Hellen Obiri beats Peres Jepchirchir by a whisker in England

Double World 5000m champion, Hellen Obiri narrowly beat the Olympic marathon champion Peres Jepchirchir at the 41st edition of the Great North Run that will be held on Sunday (11) from Newcastle to South Shields in England.

Obiri who defeated Commonwealth Games 10,000m champion Eilish McColgan in last year’s edition was pushed to the tape by Jepchirchir who is the two-time world half marathon champion and also the women-only half marathon world record-holder of 1:05.16. This year ‘s victory was decided by just two seconds with the latter taking the honors in one of the bruising battle ever seen in Shields.

Obiri’s winning time of 1:07.05 was a minute and a half behind the Great North Run’s current women’s record holder Mary Keitany, also from Kenya.

Jepchirchir who came to this race as the second fastest runner after the winner settled in second in 1:07.07.

The former Olympic 5000m and 10,000m champion Almaz Ayana from Ethiopia, who is making her come back after taking sabbatical leave, announced her return on the road with a third place finish in a time of 1:07.10

The 2012 World Junior women’s 3000m Champion, Hiwot Gebrekidan from Ethiopia came home in fourth place  in 1:07.22 with Four times European Cross Country Champion, Charlotte Purdue who also finished in third place last year, relegated to fifth in 1:10.11.

LEADING RESULTS

21KM WOMEN

  1. Hellen Obiri             (KEN) 1:07.05
  2. Peres Jepchirchir     (KEN) 1:07.07
  3. Almaz Ayana            (ETH) 1:07.10
  4. Hiwot Gebrekidan   (ETH) 1:07.22
  5. Charlotte Purdue     (BRT) 1:10.11

Hellen Obiri to clash with Peres Jepchirchir at the Great North Run

Double world 5000m champion, Hellen Obiri will clash with the Tokyo Olympic marathon champion, Peres Jepchirchir at the 41st edition of the Great North Run that will be held on Sunday (11) from Newcastle to South Shields in England.

Obiri defeated Commonwealth Games 10,000m champion Eilish McColgan, who will be performing the role of official starter this weekend, will battle for honors with Jepchirchir who is the two-time world half marathon champion and also the women-only half marathon world record-holder of 1:05.16.

The 32 year-old who will be defending her title, comes to this race with a personal best of 1:04.51 which is fourteen seconds faster that Jepchirchir’s.

The two will face-off with former Olympic 5000m and 10,000m champion Almaz Ayana from Ethiopia, who is making her come back after taking sabbatical leave and her fellow compatriot Hiwot Gebrekidan, who is the 2012 World Junior women’s 3000m Champion.

The home team will be led by with Jess Piasecki who comes to the race with a personal best of 1:07.20 that she got early this year at the 30a Mitja Marató Internacional Vila de Santa Pola, where she took the silver.

Four times European Cross Country Champion, Charlotte Purdue who also finished in third place last year has also been lined up to fight for the title as well as the European Indoor 3000m champion Amy Eloise Markovc who will be making her debut over the distance.

The race Organisers confirm half marathon showpiece will proceed on Sunday, with tributes planned to The Queen. Organisers of the Great North Run have confirmed that the half marathon showpiece will go ahead this coming Sunday (September 11), albeit with changes being made to the planned weekend of running in the North East of England. With alterations being made to the sporting calendar, in light of the passing of Her Majesty The Queen, there had been doubts as to whether or not the event would proceed.

The Great North 5k, due to incorporate the inaugural UK Athletics 5km Championships and set to take place this evening (September 9), has been cancelled, while this year’s Mini and Junior Great North Run has been postponed.

Laura Muir storms to 1500m gold in Munich

Olympic 1500m silver medallist, Laura Muir stormed to win the gold medal and defended her crown on day five of the European Athletics Championships, held on Friday (19) in Munich.

The 29 year-old ran a superbly judged race to retain her title and add gold to the Commonwealth version she won earlier this month and the world silver earned last month. Between them, she and her Scottish compatriot Eilish McColgan, who has earned Commonwealth gold and silver, and European silver and bronze, have had a richly rewarding five weeks.

Muir monitored proceedings from the back before moving deliberately to the front with two laps remaining, taking over the lead from Ireland’s Ciara Mageean.

Sofia Ennaoui, silver medallist behind Muir at the 2018 European Championships, had remained at the back with the defending champion but only made half a job of following her to the front, getting caught up in the pack.

As she was extricating herself approaching the bell her race was lost as Muir accelerated with sudden and brutal purpose. Mageean, a bronze medallist in Amsterdam six years ago and fourth in Berlin, was ready and gave dogged chase. Ennaoui had missed the party, but set off nevertheless in desperate pursuit.

All around the final bend the Irish runner showed the tenacity that characterised her British coach, Helen Clitheroe, the 2011 European indoor 3000m champion, but inexorably the Olympic silver medallist pulled away.

Muir crossed in 4:01.08 with a gesture that could have been one of triumph or relief with Mageean taking the silver medal in 4:02.56.

Ennaoui closed the podium three finishes and earning the bronze in 4:03.59.

Yasemin Can beats Eilish McColgan as she wins 2nd European 10000m title

Turkey’s Kenyan-born Yasemin Can piped at the Commonwealth champion Eilish McColgan to win her second 10,000m gold at the ongoing European Athletics Championships being held in Munich.

McColgan who is fresh from claiming the Commonwealth Games title took charge of the 25-lap race but Can hit the front with just under the 3000m to go ahead and command the race with a killer pace that the Briton could not handle crossing the finishing line with her career second fastest time of 30:32.57.

McColgan was forced to settle for silver 30:41.05.

The defending champion and World Marathon bronze medallist Lonah Chemtai Salpeter finished in third place and claiming bronze in a National Record time of 30:46.37.

Jake Wightman has become the Commonwealth Games poster-boy aiming for golden hat-trick

Nearly-man Jake Wightman has assumed poster-boy status for these Commonwealth Games and he cannot believe it.

Born 50 miles up the road in Nottingham, the identical twin was an athletics page boy – but never the groom – until a month ago.

In the space of 24 incredible days, the Edinburgh-based 1,500 metres star took a huge leap from collecting minor medals in championships. He became British champion for the first time then flew to the United States and stunned the sport by landing the world title – as dad and coach Geoff provided the stadium commentary.

“It’s ridiculous,” said Wightman, Britain’s first 1,500m world champion since Steve Cram in 1983. “And pretty cool, because my Commonwealth and European bronze medals from 2018 were getting a bit extinct.

“I’m glad I’ve been able to refresh my CV and my dad can actually announce me as something else.”

So impressed was middle-distance legend Sebastian Coe that he believes there is “no reason” Wightman can’t complete a golden hat-trick – here in Birmingham and then at next month’s European Championships.

“Jake will know he has that opportunity,” said Coe of an athlete who has leapfrogged all the 1980s greats to No.3 in the all-time British rankings. “You have to say, putting the kiss of death on it, he has done the hardest one first.

“What Jake achieved in Eugene is a huge deal for British athletics. Absolutely massive. It’s great for him but I think the impact it will have psychologically on a lot of other really good middle-distance runners that we also have will be massive.

“Somebody needed to win something and Jake’s done that. I think that will give permission for the current generation to feel more emboldened in the championship arena.

“The next generation coming through have a role model now.”

Wightman, 28, intends to embrace the responsibility, starting here where he wears the Scottish vest, adding: “I hope I can be a lightning rod for others. “British and Scottish athletics is in such a good place at the moment.

“There’s a lot of people who should be pretty proud at what they did to set the ball rolling. And it’s not finished rolling yet.

“There’s more athletes coming through that will be able to hopefully be as good as this in the coming years.”

Scottish athletics is particularly strong coming into these Games with Laura Muir having delivered one of the most eye-catching performances in Eugene to take women’s 1,500m bronze.

Josh Kerr, Olympic 1,500m bronze medallist, was fifth behind Wightman while Eilish McColgan has broken three British records this year

Eilish McColgan breaks Salina Kosgei’s 20 year Commonwealth Record

The newly crowned Commonwealth Games 10,000m champion, Eilish McColgan from Scotland was on cloud nine after smashing Kenya’s Salina Kosgei two decades records at the 2022 Birmingham Games.

McColgan who emulated her mother Liz McColgan by winning the incredible 10,000m gold for Scotland with a New Commonwealth Games Record of 30:48.60 erasing the old record of 31:27.83 that had been set by Kosgei in 2002 in Manchester, England.

Eilish McColgan and Irine Cheptai gave it everything in a thrilling final lap of the women’s 10,000m final, before McColgan came away to win.(Getty Images: Al Bello)

The 31 year-old who emulated her mum Liz McColgan triumphed after a thrilling sprint to the line against the 2013 World Cross Country Champion Irine Cheptai from Kenya who took silver in 30:49.52 with her compatriot Sheila Chepkirui Kiprotich banging bronze in 31:09.46.

In what was her fourth Commonwealth Games and fourth different event in as many Games, it proved a first global title of any kind as she hugged her mother in emotional scenes with a Saltire flag draped over her shoulders.

Eilish McColgan to make marathon debut in London

British half marathon record holder to run 26.2 miles for the first time, at TCS London Marathon on October 2

Eilish McColgan will make her much anticipated marathon debut in London on October 2 as she takes on a world class field around the streets of the British capital.

The 31-year-old Scot broke Paula Radcliffe’s British half marathon record of 1:06:47 back on February 19, after clocking 1:06:26 at Ras Al Khaimah and now feels like it’s the right time to take on the marathon.

Since McColgan started competing on the roads she has broken the British 5km record, European 10km record and set a British best over 10 miles.

Given her natural progression through the higher distances on both track and field, it was always a question of not if but when McColgan took on 26.2 miles.

“It’s really just coming from a confidence side of things,” McColgan says. “I think I’ve known for like a very long time that like, this is where my career would go. I think my mum and my dad have known even longer than I have. From being a young kid they always said the marathon was the event I’d end up going to.

“The way I’ve progressed over the years now through the distances, taking on both the 5km and 10km, I remember thinking, I’ll never ever run a half marathon. And yet now, I’m excited. I couldn’t wait to get out and race it against some of those the top athletes in the world.

“It is my choice. I feel I’m going to do it when I’m ready to do it and I think that’s that time is coming now. I think there’s no better place to do that than the London Marathon.

McColgan takes to the streets of the British capital 26 years after her mum, Liz McColgan won the race. Like Eilish, Liz started out on the track and gradually progressed to the marathon, winning on debut in New York in 1991 before her triumph in London five years later.

“It’s amazing and it’s a bit surreal,” McColgan adds. “The more iconic images I’ve got in my head as a youngster were my mum running the London Marathon with Buckingham Palace in the background. It’s just incredible that so many years later I’m following in her footsteps and I think she’s excited to see that finally come into action.

“It’s always the iconic event. It was the one where I always watched my mum run as a kid when I sat in the hospitality area and ate all the free food! There’s not a London Marathon that my mum and dad have ever missed. It’s just got a buzz and everyone speaks about it, even those who don’t know much about athletics.”

Although this is McColgan’s debut marathon she does have experience of the London circuit though, having been the pacemaker for Charlotte Purdue last year.

Purdue is also part of the line-up which includes world marathon record holder Brigid Kosgei, defending champion Joyciline Jepkosgei and the fastest-ever female marathon debutant Yalemzerf Yehualaw.

Ethiopian duo Degitu Azimeraw and Ashete Bekere, who finished second and third last year, also return. Bekere finished second behind Kosgei at this year’s Tokyo Marathon.

In total, the field contains an astonishing nine women who have run inside 2:20.

So, how fast can McColgan run?

“I think to be competitive against the other British girls, I think we’re definitely capable of running 2:20 or under,” she says. “That’s certainly something that over from between now to Paris, I’ll have a big goal of trying to get down to those sort of times.

“Is 2:15 [Paula Radcliffe’s British and European record] unrealistic? Right now, I’d say so but if you ask me in a year’s time, who knows? I feel like I’m definitely growing with confidence. The more that I get these races behind me and certainly on the roads as well, as I said, it’s totally new to me.

“So I don’t want to completely limit myself because that’s certainly what I’ve done in the past. I just had no belief at all that I would ever achieve any of these times but I’m a different person now.”

Source: athleticsweekly.com