On a clear day in Portsmouth, Eilish McColgan signed off her long and successful season on Sunday (20) by retaining her crown at the Great South Run and in the process breaking her mother’s Scottish 10-mile record.
With a memorable performance for the world 5000m finalist and European silver medallist, McColgan, 28, won in 51:38 from fellow Britons Verity Ockenden, second in 55:15, and Jenny Nesbit, third in 55:18.
In the process, she eclipsed the mark set by mum Liz in 1997 when she ran a 10-mile time of 52:00 and also moved to second on the British all-time list, just behind Paula Radcliffe who had won in Portsmouth in 2008 in 51:11.
“I am smiling from ear to ear,” said Eilish who is coached by Liz, the 1991 10,000 world champion. “When I woke up this morning and I saw the good weather, I could not believe it. I have had two years in a row where the wind has been a bit favourable and I am delighted.”
Absolutely buzzing to come away with the win today! 3min PB and Scottish 10mile best.. Can't believe it! Beating my mums record of 52mins from 22 years ago.
What a way to end my season! 2nd fastest brit of all time, just 25s or so from Paula's British record! ♀️ pic.twitter.com/IjAOgL0Abs
— Eilish McColgan (@EilishMccolgan) October 20, 2019
The wind can be particularly troublesome in the last few miles along the seafront but that was not the case for Eilish, who was cheered all the way by Liz. She tweeted that her daughter has "only gone and took my record…least still in the family."
Eilish, who finished 10th in the 5000m final in Doha just a few weeks ago in a 14:46.17 PB, led early on and stretched away to triumph.
In the men’s race, Marc Scott won in 46:58 to beat teammates Ben Connor (47:16) and European U23 10,000m bronze medallist Emile Cairess (47:32). “The plan was always to win the race and I did not mind the time,” said Scott.
This was Scott’s second domestic win in the space of a week after triumphing at the first leg of the British Athletics Cross Challenge in Cardiff on the road to the European Cross Country Championships Trials in Liverpool next month.
Nageeye clocks 2:07:39 in the Amsterdam Marathon
Abdi Nageeye didn’t quite succeed in his ambitions of breaking his Dutch record of 2:06:17 but he still finished a creditable ninth in 2:07:39, the second fastest time of his career thus far. “My hamstrings were already bothering me after ten kilometres but I finally survived,” said Nageeye, who was also crowned national champion.
Bo Ummels was crowned national champion in the women’s race after finishing eighth on her debut in 2:32:34 in a race won by Ethiopia's Degitu Azimeraw, 20, who produced a course record and the second fastest debut in women's marathon history of 2:19:26.
HAPPY to run my second fastest time, I was hoping better time but again happy to finish the race #tcsamsterdammarathon #nike #nnrunningteam #globalsportcommunication #atleetzondergrenzen #abdinageeyefoundation#positivity #marathon #amsterdam #maurten_official #run4school pic.twitter.com/OHN52ol6X0
— Abdi Nageeye (@ANageeye) October 20, 2019
Poland’s Monika Stefanowicz, 39, showed age means nothing as she won the Poznan Marathon in 2:37:42 and there was home success at the 24th Ciudad Real Marathon in Spain as Luis Miguel Blanco (2:23:49) and Gemma Arenas (2:42:54) triumphed at their national championships.
Veteran Italian Anna Incerti, the 2010 European marathon champion, won the Italian Half Marathon Championships in Palermo in 74:09. Nekganet Crippa, the older brother of Yemaneberhan, won the Italian title on the men’s side in 65:15 although Kenya’s Joel Maina Mwangi won the open title in 62:09.
In Reims, Manon Trapp broke the French U20 record as she won the half marathon in 75:48.
National cross country titles decided in Romania and Turkey
The cross country season is building towards the SPAR European Cross Country Championships in December with national championships taking place in Romania and Turkey this weekend.
In Baile Felix, Romania on Saturday (19), Adela Baltoi won the women’s 8km in 29:25 as Nicolae Soare took the men’s title in 30:08.
In Sakarya, 2016 Olympian Esma Aydemir in the women’s 6km in 21:01 and Selgin Atac won the men’s 10km in 31:09. In the U20 races, European U20 5000m silver medallist Ayetullah Aslanhan won the 6km in 18:48 and Emine Akbingol was first in the 4km in 14:02.
Dublin’s Sport Ireland National Sports Campus was the venue for the SPAR Autumn Open Cross Country where there was home success for Efrem Gidey who won the U20 6km in 18:20 and Grace Carson, representing Northern Ireland, won the U20s 4.5km in 15:55.
Conor Bradley was first in the men’s 7.5km in 22:55 as England’s Abbie Donnelly won the women’s 6km in 20:52.
Karlstrom continues excellent season with opening leg victory in Suzhou
European Race Walking Cup winner Perseus Karlstrom from Sweden was celebrating more success again on Sunday.
Karlstrom, who also won bronze in the 20km race walk at the IAAF World Athletics Championships in Doha, was crowned individual winner on the first day of the International Walking Event Around Taihu in Suzhou in China, winning in 1:22:42 to defeat Ecuadorians Andres Chocho (1:23:11) and David Hurtado (1:23:19).
Competing as a guest, Alex Wright from Ireland won the Ukrainian 50km Race Walking Championships in Ivano-Frankivsk on Saturday in 3:51:13 ahead of Ihor Hlavan (3:52:13) and Anton Radko (3:56:36). Turk Sahin Senoduncu won men’s 20km race walk the following day in 1:22:50 with Belarusian Hanna Terliukevych prevailing in the women’s 20km in 1:31:00.