Eilish McColgan will take part in the Great Scottish Run on Sunday 2 October in Glasgow. The 31-year-old Scot has had an extraordinary year that saw her set a new British record over 5km on the roads and beat Paula Radcliffe’s 21-year-old British half marathon record. She took the longstanding European and UK 10km record at the Great Manchester Run and won Commonwealth Gold and Silver for Team Scotland in Birmingham.
Eilish continued her outstanding season securing two additional medals at the European Championships in Munich, with a silver in the 10,000 metres and bronze for the 5,000. She is now the first British distance runner to compete in six championship outdoor finals in the same season.
These incredible achievements were recognised last weekend when she was invited to be the official honorary starter at the Great North Run, setting 60,000 runners on their way from Newcastle to South Shields in the world’s biggest half marathon.
Eilish said, “It’s been a great year for me, culminating in my medals on the track, the highlight was my Commonwealth Games victory, roared on by the crowd.
“After postponing my marathon debut until next year and being involved in last weekend’s Great North Run, I feel I have one more race left in me this season.”
“I can think of no better place to do that than to come home and take to the streets of Glasgow over 10km on 2 October at the Great Scottish Run.”
Paul Foster, Chief Executive of the Great Run Company said, “It was a real honour to see Eilish get the Great North Run underway last weekend. She has been an amazing ambassador for our sport and continues to inspire people around the UK on and off the track.
“It’s an incredibly exciting prospect to have Eilish completing a stellar season with a debut performance at the Great Scottish Run. I’m sure our runners will be delighted to have the opportunity to run alongside her in person.”
The Great Scottish Run is one of the UK’s premier running events and Scotland’s biggest 10k & Half Marathon. With a schools event and the Junior & Mini Great Scottish Run taking place over the same weekend, there will also be an opportunity for the running stars of the future to have their own finish line moment.
More than 20,000 people have entered this year’s event, the first staging of the event for 3 years as a result of covid-enforced cancellations. Entries remain open until Friday 30th September, for more information visit here.