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.”