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Eilish lands new British Record for 10,000m – beating Radcliffe mark from 2002

Record-breaker! Eilish clocks new PB at 10k and Callum wins Great Scottish Run for second time

Sunday 5th March 2023

Eilish in Glasgow last October (photo by Bobby Gavin)

Eilish set new Scottish Record at 10,000m (June 2022)

Eilish McColgan has claimed another superb British Record after making a late decision to run 10,000m on the track in California.

Eilish savoured an historic run at the Sound Running Ten on Saturday evening in San Juan Capistrano, California, as she out-kicked long-time leader Alicia Monson of the United States to win in 30:00.86.

The time saw her improve Paula Radcliffe’s British 10,000m record of 30:01.09 which was set when winning the European title in Munich in 2002.

Eilish was on pace to break her Scottish Record (30:19.02) but the British Record looked to be slipping away until she unleashed a terrific final lap of 64.87. Making her move past Monson with 300m to go, she ran her final 200m in 31.5 to shave 23 hundredths of a second off Radcliffe’s record.

‘I’m absolutely buzzing,’ said Eilish.

‘Two years ago I ran a big PB here so it’s nice to be back with the crowds. I knew I was in really good shape but to have it all come together on the day doesn’t always happen.

‘I’m building up for London Marathon and have had a few niggles and missed some prep races in January and a half-marathon in February but I’m really strong right now so I’m glad I did it.

‘The marathon is going to be a big challenge. I think I’ll run a good 20 miles but that last 10km is going to be tough.’

Many congratulations to Eilish, Michael and mum/coach Liz and the support team.

British Record, Eilish McColgan, Paula Radcliffe

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