Eilish McColgan set a British and European 10km record as she finished runner-up at the Great Manchester Run.
The Dundee Hawkhill Harrier and triple Olympian took two seconds off Paula Radcliffe‘s mark from 2003 with a time of 30:19, four seconds behind race winner Hellen Obiri.
British athlete Charlotte Purdue was seventh (32:55) with Scottish athlete Steph Twell (33:12) eighth.
‘I’m obviously over the moon with that time. I didn’t think I would get it today as it was a little bit of a tougher course than London [Vitality 10,000],’ said McColgan
‘Hellen [Obiri] and Ruth [Chepng’etich] went off so fast and that pace was just too quick for me, I think they were running world record pace at one point!
‘I had to keep telling myself that I was running fast and I had to keep going. To run a personal best, a national record and to be that close to Hellen, I’m really happy today.’
The men’s race was won by New Zealand’s Jake Robertson in 28:06, ahead of Australian Jack Reyner, with Liverpool’s Abdulqani Sharif in fifth place.
“To run a PB, a national record and to be so close to Hellen [Obiri], I’m really happy with that.” @EilishMccolgan chats to @TimAdams76 after clocking 30:19 at Great Manchester Run and breaking @paulajradcliffe’s British and European 10km record of 30:21 🎙 pic.twitter.com/cTPAVSKeWS
— AW (@AthleticsWeekly) May 22, 2022
There was also a distinguished Scottish performance in the elite wheelchair race, with T54 athlete Sean Frame of Red Star AC finishing 2nd, behind David Weir – congratulations to Sean for a superb push:
Great to get a podium finish with a second place at the Manchester 10k Great Run this morning, was a tight one with myself, @rafabotello79 & @_SL74. 👍 Congratulations to David Weir taking first place. pic.twitter.com/vxyNx3Ukp7
— Sean Frame (@SeanFrameT54) May 22, 2022
In Germany on Saturday evening, Scottish athlete Eloise Walker took the win in a 5000m race.
The Edinburgh AC/Glasgow Uni athlete clocked 15.41.19 to get inside the Team Scotland qualifying time for the 5000m at Birmingham 2022. It takes Eloise to 12th in the all-time list..
Also in Germany, Chris Bennett took third place in the hammer at the well-known Halle Throws event.
Chris threw 72.62m to post another throw beyond the Team Scotland qualifying standard for the Commonwealths.
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