Eilish McColgan kept it in the family yesterday as she smashed her mum’s Scottish 10-mile record and successfully retained her Simplyhealth Great South Run crown, as the world famous race celebrated its 30th anniversary.
It prompted this brilliant tweet from Liz McColgan:
Think my little one on course for my record 😁😁😁😁 pic.twitter.com/yTvIfkNE9K
— liz mccolgan (@Lizmccolgan) October 20, 2019
Her victory signalled the fourth time a McColgan has won in Portsmouth, with mum Liz tasting victory twice on the South Coast in the 1990s.
McColgan junior swept home in 51.38, almost four minutes ahead of second place Verity Ockenden in 55.15. Eilish had targeted Liz’s national record of 52.00 and the Scot duly smashed it with a display of imperious road running, leading from gun to tape.
Jenny Nesbitt finished third in 55.18 while there were also strong showings from Holly Archer and Aly Dixon in 55.32 and 56.27 respectively.
In the men’s race, Marc Scott picked up his maiden victory in the event. The Richmond and Zetland athlete finished in 46.57, closely followed by Ben Connor in 47.16. Emile Cairess finished third, also breaking the British under-23 10-mile record with a time of 47.32. Last year’s winner Chris Thompson finished in 12th, almost three minutes after Scott.
The Simplyhealth Great South Run gave participants a scenic tour of Portsmouth, with a fast and flat course that has been graced over the decades by world-class athletes such as Sir Mo Farah, Paula Radcliffe, and Sonia O’Sullivan.
The event, gave runners a unique opportunity to run through history, taking them through Portsmouth’s Historic Dockyard, passing iconic landmarks such as HMS Victory, HMS Warrior and the Mary Rose Museum.
The world’s leading running 10-mile event attracted runners of all abilities including club runners, charity fundraisers and those taking part for a personal challenge.
This year organisers gave the event a 90s theme in celebration of the year of the first run – 1990. Runners were treated to a 90s start line party with playlist chosen by fans of the event and guest appearances as honorary starters from Diane Youdale – Jet from Gladiators and Timmy Mallett. It doesn’t get more 90s than that.
The weekend of sport kicked off on Saturday 19 October with the Simplyhealth Canine Run. Now in its second year it attracted more than 150 dogs and their owners to take on the 2.5k course, starting and finishing on Clarence Esplanade.
This was followed by the Simplyhealth Great South 5k where around 1,000 runners challenges themselves to the shorter seaside course.
The afternoon was all about the kids with the Simplyhealth Junior and Mini Great South Run, where thousands of young runners filled the Southsea sea front.
Jayne Fearn, Simplyhealth spokesperson, said: “The glorious sunshine made for great conditions for a fantastic weekend of events in Portsmouth, from the Simplyhealth Canine Run to the Simplyhealth Great South Run on Sunday.
“Supporting runners every step of the way, thousands enjoyed our post-run stretch zone and free massage. All the runners have been fantastic and you should all be really proud of your achievement.”
Entries are open for the 2020 Simplyhealth Great South Run, which will take place on Sunday 18 October.
This year’s event was a sell out, so be sure to secure your place, and the first 1,000 runners who sign up for next year’s 10 mile event can take advantage of 25% off their entry fee. Enter at: Greatrun.org/South