Eilish wins Big Half with Course Record run as Andy home fourth with PB

Sunday 4th September 2022

Photo by Mark Shearman

Coverage on AW website

Eilish McColgan crowned her remarkable summer season with a  Course Record to win the Big Half in London.

Four-time Olympic gold medallist Mo Farah claimed his third win in the men’s race, crossing the line in 61:49.

McColgan was out on her own for much of the race and won in 67:35 to smash the previous course record of 69:51 for the London event.

Andy Butchart took fourth place in the Men’s race with a run of 62.59 to set a new Personal Best,  while Shettleston’s Weynay Ghebreselasie was sixth in 63:39. Adam Craig was ninth in 65:27.

Eilish’s win rounded off a superb season for the 31-year-old, which has included Commonwealth Games gold for Scotland at 10,000m plus three other medals at Commonwealth and European level, and European 10km and British half-marathon records on the road.

Eilish has withdrawn from next month’s London Marathon and a debut at the full distance because of a medical issue identified as rebound hypoglycaemia, which affects endurance athletes and leads to reduced blood sugar levels.

‘It’s been a dream season,’ said McColgan, who was followed home at the Big Half by 2021 winner Charlotte Purdue and Samantha Harrison. Steph Twell was fifth in 73:55.

‘I’m really happy. It was nice to be back in London and it was an incredible experience.

‘The crowd were amazing. I had people cheering, shouting ‘go on Liz’ halfway through as well so I was trying hard not to smile and laugh.’

On her withdrawal from the London Marathon, she added:  ‘It’s disappointing. If it was up to me then I would probably try to muscle through it but I know that is my heart speaking. The sensible decision is to get everything right for April.’

David Weir set a course record to win the men’s wheelchair race and Eden Rainbow-Cooper won the women’s.

Tags: Adam Craig, Andy Butchart, Big Half, Eilish McColgan, Steph Twell, Weynay Ghebreselasie

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