21 Oct

Eilish McColgan smashes mother’s 22-year old 10-mile record

Capping off a fantastic year, Eilish McColgan blew away both her own personal best time as well her mother’s Scottish record for the 10-mile distance at the Great South Run yesterday.

McColgan crossed the line in 51:36, 24 seconds faster than her mother did in her record setting run back in 1997 (52.00). 
 
However, McColgan will have to return to the event to better her mother – and coach – at number of race wins. Each McColgan has now won the Great South Run twice: Eilish in 2018 and 2019, and Liz in 1995 and 1997.
 
In addition to setting a new Scottish record and retaining the race title, McColgan took three minutes off her personal best time for the distance with her run.  She is now just 15 seconds short of Paula Radcliffe’s 2008 British record for the distance (51.11). 
 
In terms of race tactics, the Hawkhill Harrier started the 30th anniversary Great South Run as she meant to go on, leading from the start. By two miles in McColgan had a huge lead; at the finish, she was almost four minutes ahead of the second-placed female, Verity Ockenden.  
 
Speaking after what was her last race of the season, McColgan said that she felt like she was ‘smiling from ear to ear’: "That’s two years in a row where the wind has been a bit favourable … so yeah, I’m over the moon with that today."
 
Image: Simply Heath Great South Run