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The National (Scotland)
The National (Scotland)
Craig Meighan

Eilish McColgan speaks out after record-breaking 10k performance invalidated

EILISH McColgan has spoken out after a technical error meant the two records she set at the Great Scottish Run were invalidated.

An investigation found that the 10,000m course in Glasgow was 150 metres short.

Paul Foster, chief executive of The Great Run Company, confirmed that the shortfall in distance “was wholly due to human error”, with an area of the course not laid out in line with previously agreed plans.

Foster said the error invalidates Scottish middle and long-distance runner McColgan’s European and British 10k records that were believed to have been set on the day. 

Reacting to the news, McColgan said she was disappointed but assured everyone "it's all good".

She said: "Obviously disappointed with this news, but these things happen!

"Thankfully my British and European Record still stands from the Great Manchester 10K. So it's all good!"

The 31-year-old crossed the finish line at Glasgow Green in 30 minutes and 18 seconds - shaving one second off her previous record.

A statement from The Great Run Company read: “We will be reviewing our internal processes to ensure we cannot make this mistake again.

“We know we’ve let our customers down on this occasion. There are no excuses for this happening and we’re very sorry.  We’ll be in touch with everyone who took part in the 10K offering a 10% discount on entry into the 2023 event.”

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