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15 Mar

Liz McColgan's Big Birmingham Date

Liz McColgan jogging along

Athletics legend Liz McColgan will be amongst thousands of runners taking part in the Simplyhealth Great Birmingham 10K on Sunday 30 April. The Scot has enjoyed an illustrious athletics career at national and international levels and was a two-time 10,000-metre gold medallist at the Commonwealth Games in 1986 (Edinburgh) and 1990 (Auckland), a 10,000-metre gold medallist at the 1991 World Championships (Tokyo) and a silver medallist over the same distance at the 1988 Olympic Games (Seoul).

There were more gold medals for Liz with victories at the 1992 World Half Marathon Championships (UK), 1991 New York City Marathon, 1992 Tokyo Marathon and the 1996 London Marathon. 
 
Liz will make a flying visit to Birmingham from her coaching base in Qatar to join 7,000 runners of all ages and abilities at this year’s event. 
 
In addition, the Simplyhealth Great Birmingham 10K is including a Commonwealth Run as part of the city’s bid to host the 2026 Commonwealth Games. Liz McColgan will be proudly flying the flag for her home country, saying: “I am very happy to be honorary captain of Scotland at the Great Birmingham 10K and I’m sure the event will help the city’s ambitions to host the Commonwealth Games.”
 
Race organisers, The Great Run Company are inviting runners from 71 Commonwealth nations and territories to represent their country. The aim is to make their 10K an international affair while promoting Birmingham as a premier location for the Games. 
 
The Simplyhealth Great Birmingham 10K will be televised live on Channel 5 on 30 April. For more information and details of how to enter, visit the event website.
 
Photo courtesy of The Great Run Company