Eilish lands mum’s Scottish 10k road mark and Sammi wins in London, too

Tuesday 3rd May 2022

Eilish McColgan takes the tape in London after a superb 10k road run (photo by Mark Shearman)

Results: Vitality 10,000m

Eilish McColgan came up with another terrific road running performance to land a Scottish Record on the roads previously held by her mum and coach Liz.

Eilish dominated the women’s field at the Vitality 10,000m event in London and finished just two seconds behind Paula Radcliffe‘s 19-year-old British and European 10,000m record.

McColgan, 31, clocked 30:23, which was enough to set a Scottish record, bettering the mark of 30:39 set by her mum Liz in 1989. Steph Twell was fifth in the race with a run of 33:45.

‘I am really happy with that performance,’ Eilish told BBC Sport.

‘I’m disappointed to just miss the British mark but hopefully I will have another couple of opportunities this year.

‘For me, this is one of the harder records. Part of me didn’t believe I could do it. to go close (to Radcliffe’s time) given me a lot of confidence.

‘I think I probably ran a 200m PB in the push for the Finish Line, I was so desperate to get the record, but hopefully there will be another opportunity to go for it again later this year.’

‘It’s my first time at the event and I loved it. The crowds were brilliant, and you get other runners cheering you on too, so that really helped when I felt tired – there’s no time to switch off.’

Ellis Cross was a surprise winner of the Men’s race in 28:40 as he beat Mo Farah by four seconds.

In that race, there was a 17th place finish for Derek Hawkins of Kilbarchan with 30:07 as Derek Rae (Fife AC) came home in 31:08. That was a PB by seven seconds for the Paralympian.

In the elite wheelchair races, Great Britain’s Danny Sidbury took the men’s event in 21:23, while Samantha Kinghorn showed her versatility in transitioning from sprint disciplines to win in 24:45.

Kinghorn will now switch her focus back to the track:

‘I’ll hopefully go to the Commonwealth Games and do a 1500m and then I’ll be stepping it down for the sprints in Paris for the Paralympics. I don’t feel any pressure on the road and love it.’

Sammi Kinghorn wins the Women’s Wheelchair Race (photo by Mark Shearman)

Tags: Derek Hawkins, Derek Rae, Eilish McColgan, London, Sammi Kinghorn, Steph Twell, Vitality 10000m

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