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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

Eilish McColgan smashes her mother’s 31 year record

The 2018 European 5,000m silver medallist, Eilish McColgan smashed her mums 31 year record at the Fanny Blankers-Koen Games held on Monday (06) in Hengelo, Netherland.

The 31 year-old had set her eyes on the Paula Radcliffe’s long-standing British National Record of 30:01.09 that was set in 2002 in Munich. She slipped off the record pace in the second half but managed to smash the old Scottish record of 30:57.07 that was set by her mother Liz McColgan in 1991 in Hengelo. This time made Liz, the third woman to run under 31 minutes, moving to second on the world all-time list behind Ingrid Kristiansen and narrowly ahead of Olga Bondarenko.

Eilish crossed the finish line in a new Scottish Record of 30:19.09 which makes her the fifth fastest European in history behind Sifan Hassan (29:06.82), Radcliffe (30:01.09), Lornah Kiplagat (30:12.53) and Kristiansen (30:13.74), all of whom won global titles in their careers.

“Still, it’s a personal best and a Scottish record – my mum’s record, which she set here. She’ll be happy for me. She’s my coach,” said Eilish.

Letesenbet Gidey, whose world-leading time of 29:01.03 also came at Hengelo last year, finished second in a time of 30:44.27 with her compatriot Ejgayehu Taye coming home in third in 30:44.68.


Eilish McColgan defeats Letesenbet Gidey as she runs solo in Hengelo

The 2018 European 5,000m silver medallist, Eilish McColgan became the fifth European all-time 10,000m runner as she ran from the gun-to-tape at the Fanny Blankers-Koen Games held on Monday (06) in Hengelo, Netherland.

The 31 year-old set her eyes on the Paula Radcliffe’s long-standing British National Record of 30:01.09 that was set in 2002 in Munich as she slipped off record pace in the second half, erasing the old Scottish record set by her mother Liz of 30:57.07 with a new record of 30:19.09. This time makes her the fifth fastest European in history behind Sifan Hassan of 29:06.82, Radcliffe of 30:01.09, Lornah Kiplagat (30:12.53) and Ingrid Kristiansen (30:13.74), all of whom won global titles in their careers.

The 2017 European Indoor bronze medallist defeated the world record holder for the 5000m and 10,000m Letesenbet Gidey from Ethiopia who came home a distant second in 30:44.27 with her compatriot reigning World Indoor bronze medallist Ejgayehu Taye coming in third in 30:44.68

Hellen Obiri smashes the Manchester Run 10k record

Double World 5,000m Champion Hellen Obiri smashed the  Great Manchester Run 10k record on Sunday (22) in Manchester.

The 31 year-old beat the two-time European medalist Eilish McColgan and the World marathon champion Ruth Chepngetich.

The reigning Commonwealth Games 5000m champion and the world cross-country gold medallist, smashed the old course record of 30:49 that had been set by Tirunesh Dibaba from Ethiopia in 2013 with a new course record of 30.15

Obiri was followed by Eilish McColgan who was on another world as she broke the 19 years record held by Paula Radcliffe of 30:17 with a new European Record, British National Record and a new personal best of 30:15.

The Kenya National Champion in 10,000m race, Chepngetich was forced to settle in third place in a time of 30:29.

The 10-time All-American and 12-time Big 12 champion, Sharon Lokedi from Kenya finished in fourth place in a time of 31:05.



  1. Hellen Obiri             (KEN) 30:15
  2. Eilish McColgan      (BRT) 30:15
  3. Ruth Chepngetich   (KEN) 30:19
  4. Sharon Lokedi          (KEN) 31:05

Hellen Obiri to battle Ruth Chepngetich and Eilish McColgan in Manchester

Double World 5000m champion, Hellen Obiri will be the star to watch at the Great Manchester Run 10km Road Race that will be held on Sunday (22) in Manchester.

The 31 year-old will have an uphill task as she will face a deep elite field that has ever been assembled in Manchester.

The rich elite field includes former world half marathon record holder, Ruth Chepngetich who clocked 1:04.02 but the time was lowered by Letesenbet Gidey last year when she blazed off with an astonishing time of 1:02.52 at the Valencia Half marathon. Chepngetich is also fresh from taking the 10,000m race at the recently Athletics Kenya National Championships.

The reigning Commonwealth Games 5000m champion and the world cross-country gold medallist, will also renew her rivalry with the European Championships Silver medallist, Eilish McColgan, whom she beat by six seconds last year at the Great North Run.

McColgan has been in great form in recent time setting a UK 5km record early this month and followed it with a victory in the Vitality London 10k where she ran a personal best of 30:26, missing Paula Radcliffe’s British record by six seconds.

The 2011 Pan American Games champion, Sara Hall is another title contender as she comes with the third fastest time on paper of 31:33 that she got last year at the Mastercard NY Mini 10K where she took the honors.

South African ultra-marathon specialist, Gerda Steyn, will also test her speed over 10km as she also carries a time of 32:24 that she got at the 2020 Dubai 10k where she took the honors.

Three times European junior Cross Country Champion, Charlotte Purdue leads the British contingent that include Jess Piasecki, Steph Twell, Lauren Heyes, Lily Partridge and Calli Thackery.

Mo Farah joins Radcliffe, Cram and Pavey as guests at NRS South

Distance legend is special guest at Farnborough International on May 7-8 as he adds to a list that includes Paula Radcliffe, Steve Cram and Jo Pavey.

With two months to go until the National Running Show South the organisers have revealed the latest speaker in the line-up – Sir Mo Farah.

The British endurance runner will be joining famous faces from the world of running including Paula Radcliffe, Steve Cram, Shakira Akabusi, Jenni Falconer, Jo Pavey and Danny Bent on May 7-8 at Farnborough International.

Farah is one of the most decorated athletes in track and field history and won eight world championship medals between 2011-2017 and four Olympic gold medals in the 5000m and 10,000m at London 2012 and Rio 2016. His 10 global championship gold medals (four Olympic and six world titles) make him one of the most successful athletes in history.

Nathalie Davies from The Running Show said: “We are delighted that Sir Mo will be joining the incredible speaker line-up and can’t wait to showcase some of the biggest talents in the running world at our event. “The National Running Show South will give runners of all abilities unprecedented access to industry experts, top brand exhibitors and a range of brilliant features.”

In addition to this speaker line-up, brands including adidas, Coros, Hoka One One, Mizuno, Pulseroll, iPRO, Forestry England, Ordnance Survey and Runderwear have also announced that they will be present at the show.

Tickets are available at www.nationalrunningshow.com and the event takes place over two days at Farnborough International and will have two stages, a packed schedule of speakers, a Strength Training Zone, an All-Terrain Running Track, Gait Analysis Zone, Trail Running Zone, a Pilates Zone and much more.

Source: athleticsweekly.com

Eilish Mccolgan Smashes Paula Radcliffe’s Half Marathon Record

Scotland’s Eilish McColgan produced a stunning performance as she smashed Paula Radcliffe’s 21-year-old record at the 15th edition of the Ras Al Khaimah Half Marathon that was held on Saturday (19) in Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates.

The 31 year-old clocked a time of 1:06.26 crossing the finish line in sixth place but breaking Radcliffe’s half marathon mark that was set in 2001 as well as the best time of her mother, Liz McColgan, who set a personal best of 1:07.11 during her running career.

This was her second-ever half marathon, but it hasn’t taken long to get accustomed to its demands, shaving 21 seconds off Radcliffe’s record of 1:06.47.

The race was won by Ethiopia’s Girmawit Gebrzihair Gebru in a course-record time of 1:04:14.

Hellen Obiri the star to watch at International Cross Country championships

Double Olympic champion, Hellen Obiri will be the star to watch at the International Cross Country championships that will be held on Saturday at the Billy Neill Country Park, Dundonald.

The 2019 World Cross Country champion is also the Double Olympic 5,000m silver medalist.

The 32-year-old performance in Tokyo matched her silver medal at the Rio Games in 2016 and her last run in the UK saw her winning the Great North Run in September last year.

The race organiser John Allen said, “While the International Cross Country here has always attracted classy athletes from abroad it is particularly gratifying that we have got the services of such a star athlete as Hellen Obiri especially given the ongoing difficulties created by Covid concerning international travel.”

“With her win in the last World Cross, Obiri has shown that she has the versatility to beat the best in the world over either track or cross country.”

Where to Watch the World Athlete of the Year Award Ceremony

World Athletics (WA) will be holding the World Athlete of the Year ceremony today Wednesday 1 December from 6pm CET (GMT+1).

The ceremony will be streamed live across the world through the World Athletics YouTube channel and the Facebook page.

The live event will be hosted by marathon great Paula Radcliffe and long jump star Jazmin Sawyers.

Two times Olympic marathon champion Eliud Kipchoge and Two times Olympic 1500m champion Faith Kipyegon are the two Kenyans who have made it to the finals.

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Peres Jepchirchir targets the New York City Marathon title

Kenya’s Peres Jepchirchir has been in stellar form over the last two seasons, and will be hoping to wrap up the year on a high at the 50th edition of the New York City Marathon that will be held on Sunday (7) in New York.

The 27 year comes to the TCS New York Marathon off not only winning the Olympic gold in Tokyo but six straight road race wins in her last six races.

“2021 has already been a magical year, and I am excited that it is not yet over,” Jepchirchir said in a New York Road Runners press release. “The excitement in Kenya around my performance in the Olympic Games has been very high, and I know that a victory in New York will mean so much to the people of Kenya.”

She claimed Olympic gold in on the course at the Tokyo games, to add on to her two record World half marathon titles, the last of which she won in 2020. Tegla Loroupe, Paula Radcliffe, and Lornah Kiplagat are the only women to win more than one half marathon world title.

Jepchirchir comes to this race with a personal best of 2:17.16 that she got at the 2020 Valencia Marathon. She is the fastest athlete on paper and she will be joined by Nancy Kiprop also from Kenya who was fourth the last time the race was held in 2019, and Viola Lagat, the younger sister of five-time Olympian Bernard Lagat.