Eilish McColgan celebrates with second-placed Merat Bahta and third-placed Jess Piasecki in Manchester (photo via Great Run)
Scottish Olympians Eilish McColgan and Andy Butchart came up with fine PB performances at the Great Manchester Run 10K on Sunday.
Eilish clocked a superb 30:52 for the win and that took her to third in the British all-time list with only her mum/coach Liz and Paula Radcliffe having run faster for 10k on the roads.
Andy was second to Marc Scott with his 28:05 improving his PB (from 28:28) and taking him to second place on the Scottish all-time men’s list for 10k on the road (with Callum Hawkins at 28:02 in Valencia last year).
Congratulations to both Eilish and Andy and their coaches and families on very strong runs.
McColgan could have eased her way into her race in Manchester and settled for a slower ‘tactical win’ but instead she set a fierce pace, blasting through 3000m inside nine minutes and 5km in 15:01 before eventually slowing in the second half.
Radcliffe’s UK record of 30:21, which was set in Puerto Rico in 2003, briefly looked in danger.
But ultimately McColgan came home in 30:52 with her mother’s PB at 30:39, set in Orlando, Florida, in 1989 still at No.2 on the British rankings.
‘I probably set off a little bit too hard,’ said Eilish. ‘I found it exceptionally tough but I’ve run a personal best. I can’t ask for much more really.
Paralympian Mel Woods won the Women’s Wheelchair 10K in Manchester with a strong push as she moved up distance after her track performances in Japan.
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Young Scottish athletes headed to the SIAB International in Derby over the weekend for the last action of the track and field season.
And it’s great to report that among a number of fine performances there were four Scottish U17 National Records posted (subject to the usual ratification procedures).
Shot putter Paige Stevens of Falkirk Vics went out to 14.92m for a gold medal and a Record there and Team East Lothian endurance athlete, Corey Campbell, also improved the Scottish U17 mark for 3000m with his run of 8:29.42 for second place.
There were also a fine 4x300m Relay run which broke the U17 Women’s Record in that event. The team in Derby featured Rebecca Grieve, Sofia Vidak, Katie Johnson and Madison Murdoch and they clocked 2:38.51 to finish second to England.
And the Boys 4x100m team clocked 41.88 to deliver another U17 Record thanks to the runs of Dean Patterson, Bailey Gallagher, Rory Voss and Samuel Kane.
Well done to all the athletes, coaches, teachers and parents who made the journey to Derby over the weekend.