Athletics Legend Liz To Take Part In Birmingham 10K

One of Britain’s most distinguished athletes will be taking part in this year’s Simplyhealth Great Birmingham 10K.

Liz McColgan will be among the 7,000 people running, jogging or walking this year’s Great Birmingham 10K on Sunday, April 30.

Scottish-born Liz is a two-time gold medallist over 10,000 metres at the Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh in 1986 and Auckland in 1990, as well as winning the 1991 World Championships and silver at the 1988 Olympic Games.

Liz achieved further gold medal glory at the 1992 World Half Marathon Championships, 1991 New York City Marathon, 1992 Tokyo Marathon and 1996 London Marathon.

She will be making a flying visit to Birmingham from her base in Doha, Qatar, where she works with endurance athletes of the future.

Liz will be honorary captain of the Scotland team running the 10K as part of the Commonwealth Games challenge, which is aiming to highlight Birmingham’s bid to host the Commonwealth Games in 2026.

Runners from as many Commonwealth nations as possible are being sought to represent their countries and make the 10K a truly international event.

Applicants interested in representing their Commonwealth nation or territory should apply via a dedicated email address, and be able to confirm they are a passport holder or born in the relevant Commonwealth nation.

Liz said: “The Commonwealth Games were one of the highlights of my athletics career.

“Winning in Edinburgh was my first gold in a major championship and to do it in front of my home crowd was an experience I’ll never forget. And to defend my Commonwealth title four years later in Auckland was also very special.

Edinburgh 1986 (Photo credit: Mark Shearman)

“I’m 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.”

The University of Birmingham already have a large team signed up to take part in the 10k and have pledged to support the Commonwealth campaign.

The Simplyhealth Great Birmingham 10k is accessible to all levels of ability, whether you walk, jog or run the route. For those looking for a bigger challenge, it’s also a great training run in preparation for the Simplyhealth Great Birmingham Run half marathon or the inaugural Birmingham International Marathon to be held in the city in October.

The Simplyhealth Great Birmingham 10k will be televised live on Channel 5 on the 30th April.