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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.”

Winner of Great Bristol Run Half Marathon disqualified

Omer Ahmed the 2021 Great Bristol Run Half-Marathon winner has been disqualified – after running the wrong race by mistake.

 Ahmed put in “an impressive performance” at the Great Bristol Run on Sunday 19 September after he won the half-marathon.

But organisers of the event have now disqualified the runner after it emerged he was meant to run the 10km instead.

The two courses – held on the same day for the first time – overlapped and Ahmed took the wrong route, running the half-marathon despite signing up for and intending to run 10km.

Omer Ahmed was thought to have won the men’s half-marathon, while Chloe Richardson remains the first woman to finish the event.

Chris Thompson was followed by Jack Millar who came in just over two minutes later, while bronze place has now been awarded to Ben Robinson who finished three seconds behind Jack.

‘Objections from other athletes’

Organisers said they first learned of the mix-up following complaints from other runners.

“Omar Ahmed, who put in an impressive performance at the Great Bristol Run on Sunday, has unfortunately been disqualified as he was originally signed up to run the 10K distance and not the half marathon,” organisers said.

“All results are subject to ratification by officials, and although Ahmed was initially declared winner of yesterday’s Great Bristol Run Half Marathon, after objections from other athletes and subsequent investigation, he has now been disqualified and the results reissued.

“Unfortunately, as he entered the 10k as an elite runner and not the half marathon, he was not officially part of the half marathon race.

This means a new winner of the half marathon has now been declared – Chris Thompson.

He ran the half marathon in a time of 1:07.53, finishing four minutes after Ahmed.

Announcing the new podium positions, Paul Foster, who is chief executive of The Great Run Company, said: “Rules are rules and in this case, they say we have to disqualify Omar.

“We salute his performance, and he has been invited to take part in next week’s Great Manchester Run as an elite athlete.

“Of course, we also look forward to welcoming him back to Bristol for 2022’s Great Bristol Run.”