Eilish McColgan

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Eilish McColgan
Eilish McColgan (cropped).jpg
McColgan at the 2016 Olympics
Personal information
Born (1990-11-25) 25 November 1990 (age 31)
Dundee, Scotland
Height1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)[1]
Weight53 kg (117 lb)
CountryGreat Britain
Event(s)Middle-, Long-distance running
Coached byLiz McColgan
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)
Eilish McColgan on her way to a new Scottish 10,000m record at the 2022 FBK Games in Hengelo.

Eilish McColgan (born 25 November 1990)[2] is a Scottish middle- and long-distance runner. She is the reigning Commonwealth games 10000m champion, winning the title at Birmingham 2022 in a games record time of 30:48.60; a two-time European medallist after winning a silver in the 5000 metres in 2018, and a bronze for the indoor 3000 metres in 2017. McColgan holds the European record in the 10 km road race, and British records for the 5000 m, 5 km and half marathon. She also holds European best in the 10 miles.

McColgan represented Great Britain at the 2012 Olympic Games in London and the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. She represented Scotland at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in 2014 and in 2018 at the Gold Coast and in 2022 in Birmingham where she won 10,000 metres gold in a games record time of 30:48.60. She is the Scottish record holder in the 3000 metres steeplechase with 9:35.82 in 2013 and the 10,000 metres with 30:19.02 in 2022.

Early and personal life[edit]

Eilish McColgan was born in Dundee, Scotland to Liz and Peter McColgan, both athletes.[3] She is a member of Dundee's Hawkhill Harriers Club and is coached by her mother, former 10,000 metres World Champion and Olympic silver medallist Liz McColgan.[3][4][5]

She attended the High School of Dundee and studied mathematics and accountancy at the University of Dundee, graduating in 2013.[6][7]

Following her mother's second marriage, McColgan is step-daughter of long-distance runner John Nuttall and step-sister of his son, para-athlete Luke Nuttall.[8][9]

She currently resides in East Didsbury where she can often be spotted training around Manchester.


In 2006, she won a silver medal at the Scottish Schools Championships in the 1500 metres and a bronze medal at the International Under-17s Schools Championships.[10] In 2007, she came fifth in the Scottish Senior Championships 1500 metres.[10] At the 2008 Scottish Indoor Championships she won a bronze medal in the 1500 metres.[10]

McColgan was selected for the 2008 Commonwealth Youth Games in India but suffered a major knee injury which it took her a year-and-a-half to recover from.[5] She also missed the 2011 World Championships, held in Daegu, South Korea, after breaking her foot at a Diamond League event in London.[11] Her senior debut for Great Britain came at the 2011 European Team Championships in Stockholm, Sweden. Initially selected as a travelling reserve to cover a range of events, she was called upon to compete in the 3000 metres steeplechase, an event which she had only competed in twice before, and ran a personal best while finishing ninth.[12][13] She came fourth in the 1500 metres at the 2011 UK Indoor Championships and won the silver medal in the 5000 metres at the UK Outdoor Championships.[10] She won the gold medal in the 1500 metres at the 2011 Scottish University Championships.[10]

She won two gold medals at the 2012 Scottish Universities Indoor Championships, placing first in both the 1500 and 3000 metres events.[10] In June 2012 at a meeting in Oslo, Norway she ran a time of 9:38.45 to beat the Olympic 'A' qualification standard in the 3000 metres steeplechase.[14] McColgan confirmed her qualification for the steeplechase at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London by winning the British trials in a time of 9:56.90.[15] She was the only athlete to finish in under 10 minutes and the only British athlete to have achieved the 'A' qualifying standard.[16][17] After achieving Olympic qualification, McColgan chose not to compete at the 2012 European Athletics Championships in Helsinki, Finland.[18] She competed for Great Britain team for the 2012 Summer Olympics in the women's 3000 metres steeplechase alongside compatriot Barbara Parker.[19] Her time of 9:54.36 was not sufficient for her to reach the final.[20]

At the 2016 Olympics in Rio she reached the final of the women's 5000 metres.

McColgan qualified for the 3000 metres at the 2018 IAAF World Indoor Championships where she finished in a top ten position. In the 5000 metres at the 2018 European Athletics Championships in Berlin, she won the silver medal.[21] In October, she won the Great South Run in Portsmouth. She clocked 54:43,[22] in her maiden run at the 10 mile distance. Her mother had won the race twice previously, in 1995 and 1997.[23]

In 2019, her training regime included a daily run, cross training and a track session twice a week.[24]

On 1 July 2021 in Oslo, McColgan set a British 5000m record with her time of 14:28.55, beating the 17-year mark of Paula Radcliffe.[25] Qualified for the delayed 2020 Tokyo Olympics in Japan, she failed to advance to the 5,000 m final on 30 July,[26] finishing in 10th place of her heat in a time of 15:09.68.[27] A few days later, she also competed in the 10,000m event, finishing ninth in the final with a time of 31:04.46. On 17 October, McColgan won for the third time the Great South Run in a time of 50m 43s, breaking the European best mark for the 10 miles. She took almost half a minute off Radcliffe's UK record, and two seconds off the previous European best.[28]

In February 2022, she set a new British record in the 5 km road race, clocking 14:48 in Dubai to break the mark of 14:51 set by Paula Radcliffe in 2003. McColgan bettered her mother's unofficial 14:57 from 1991, and was four seconds short of a European record.[29] Later that month, she beat Radcliffe's 21-year-old British half marathon record by 21 seconds, in a time of one hour six minutes 26 seconds, improving her mother's best yet again (1:07:11).[30]

In March 2022, McColgan launched a non-profit organisation, Giving Back to Track with partner and fellow Olympian Michael Rimmer with the aim to encourage young people to get involved in athletics and to fund the next generation of female athletes.[31][32]

In May 2022, she smashed Radcliffe’s European and UK 10km records at the Great Manchester Run in a time of 30 minutes 19 seconds, shaving two seconds off the previous markers set by Radcliffe in 2003. McColgan finished second behind only Hellen Obiri who set the course record of 30:15.[33] In June at the FBK Games in Hengelo, she set a new Scottish 10,000m record of 30:19.02, beating the time set by her mother at the same venue in 1991.[34]

On 3 August 2022, she won the gold medal in the 10,000 metres final at the Commonwealth Games. Her winning time of 30:48:60 was a new games record.[35] McColgan later won silver in the 5,000m, which marked Scotland's 500th overall medal at the Commonwealth Games.

Personal bests[edit]

Information from World Athletics profile unless otherwise noted.


National titles[edit]

  • 5000 metres: 2019
  • 3000 metres steeplechase: 2012, 2013, 2014
  • 1500 metres indoor: 2018
  • 3000 metres indoor: 2017


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  9. ^ "Luke Nuttall - IPC Athlete Bio". ipc.infostradasports.com. 27 August 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
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  12. ^ "McColgan Makes Senior GB Debut". Commonwealth Games Scotland. 26 June 2011. Retrieved 13 July 2012.
  13. ^ Woods, Mark (19 June 2011). "European Team Championships: Personal best for debut Scot Eilish McColgan". The Sunday Mail. Retrieved 13 July 2012.
  14. ^ Smith, Ewan (16 June 2012). "Olympic hopeful Eilish McColgan sneaks into Usain Bolt's loo". The Daily Record. Retrieved 13 July 2012.
  15. ^ "Eilidh Child & Eilish McColgan qualify for GB Olympic team". BBC Sport. 24 June 2012. Retrieved 25 June 2012.
  16. ^ Mulkeen, Jon (24 June 2012). "Proctor and Bleasdale break British records at UK Olympic Trials". Athletics Weekly. Archived from the original on 28 June 2012. Retrieved 13 July 2012.
  17. ^ O'Mahony, Jennifer (24 June 2012). "Olympic trials 2012: day three as it happened". The Telegraph online. Retrieved 13 July 2012.
  18. ^ "Mum sets McColgan two-year target". The Scotsman. 26 June 2012. Retrieved 13 July 2012.
  19. ^ "London 2012: Dwain Chambers picked for GB athletics squad". BBC Sport. 3 July 2012. Retrieved 13 July 2012.
  20. ^ "Women's 3000m Steeplechase". London 2012 official website. Archived from the original on 4 April 2013. Retrieved 3 September 2012.
  21. ^ "European Athletics | European Athletics".
  22. ^ "McColgan wins Great South Run on debut". BBC Sport.
  23. ^ "British Road Race Championships". www.gbrathletics.com.
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  25. ^ Moreton, Jacob (2 July 2021). "Eilish McColgan breaks Paula Radcliffe's British record in women's 5000m". Runner's World. Retrieved 17 February 2022.
  26. ^ "'I've let my family down' - McColgan". BBC Sport. Retrieved 31 July 2021.
  27. ^ "Athletics - McCOLGAN Eilish - Tokyo 2020 Olympics". Tokyo2020.org. IOC. 31 July 2021. Archived from the original on 2 October 2021. Retrieved 31 July 2021.
  28. ^ Henderson, Jason (17 October 2021). "Eilish McColgan smashes British 10-mile record at Great South Run". Athletics Weekly. Archived from the original on 17 October 2021. Retrieved 20 February 2022.
  29. ^ Smythe, Steve (15 February 2022). "McColgan sets UK 5km record – weekly round-up". Athletics Weekly. Archived from the original on 15 February 2022. Retrieved 17 February 2022.
  30. ^ "McColgan breaks 21-year British record" – via www.bbc.co.uk.
  31. ^ "Giving Back to Track". Giving Back to Track. Retrieved 8 March 2022.
  32. ^ "'Giving Back To Track' - aiming to encourage youngsters into athletics and to help fund the next generation of female athletes". Twitter. 8 March 2022. Retrieved 8 March 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  33. ^ Adams, Tim (22 May 2022). "Eilish McColgan sets European and British 10km record". AW. Retrieved 22 May 2022.
  34. ^ "Eilish McColgan beats Letesenbet Gidey - and mother Liz's time - as she sets Scottish 10,000m best". BBC Sport. 6 June 2022. Retrieved 7 June 2022.
  35. ^ "Eilish McColgan's epic 10,000m triumph lights up Commonwealth Games". Guardian. 3 August 2022. Retrieved 4 August 2022.

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