McColgan to spearhead British challenge at the European 10,000m Cup

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European 5000m silver medallist Eilish McColgan is part of a 12-strong British team for the European 10,000m Cup in London on 6 July

European 5000m silver medallist Eilish McColgan is among the standout names on the 12-strong British team for the European 10,000m Cup which takes place in London in conjunction with the Night of the 10,000m PBs once again on 6 July.

McColgan set her quickest time over 5000m since September 2017 in the Stockholm Diamond League last Thursday with 14:52.40 and she will chase another qualifying mark for this year’s IAAF World Championships in Doha next month. The qualifying standard for the women's 10,000m is 31:50.00. 

McColgan is one of four on the British team to have competed at the European Championships last summer with Marc Scott, Ben Connor and Alice Wright both selected for this year’s edition.

Like McColgan, Scott - who was fifth in the 5000m in Berlin - is looking to add the 10,000m qualifying standard of 27:40.00 to his qualifying time while Wright returns to the track after lowered her half marathon personal best to 71:37 in San Diego this weekend.

McColgan is joined on the British team by fellow long-time British international Jess Piasecki, who was part of the silver medal-winning team at the SPAR European Cross Country Championships in December, and last year’s European 10,000m Cup third-placer Charlotte Arter.

Other standout names on the men’s team for next month are sub-2:10 marathon-runner Dewi Griffiths who has been selected to represent Great Britain in the marathon at the IAAF World Championships in Doha and Nick Goolab who has also been in good form on the roads in 2019.

The individual titles last year went to Germany’s Richard Ringer (27:36.52) and Israel’s Lonah Chemtai Salpeter (31:33.03) with Spain and hosts Great Britain prevailing in both the men’s and women’s team races.