Colin McCourt

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Colin McCourt (born 11 December 1984) is an English middle distance runner.

In 2017 Colin hit the headlines for a bet he was undertaking. Having ballooned to 94 kg (14.8 stone) since retiring from athletics, he stands to win £1700 after finishing a 5k in under 16 minutes in 2017. If he failed he had to have the names of seventeen of his friends tattooed onto his back. He finished the race in 15:38 thus beating the bet significantly.[1]


Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  United Kingdom
2005 European U23 Championships Erfurt, Germany 14th (h) 1500m 3:46.66
2010 European Team Championships Bergen, Norway 1st 1500 m 3:46.70
European Championships Barcelona, Spain 9th 1500 m 3:44.78


  1. ^ Huebsch, Tim (19 November 2017). "Ex-world-class runner breaks 16:00 for 5K, avoids 17 tattoos as part of bet". Canadian Running. Retrieved 3 May 2018.

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