Eilish McColgan breaks Paula Radcliffe's British half marathon record - Women's Running

Eilish McColgan breaks Paula Radcliffe’s British half marathon record

Author: Holly Taylor

Read Time:   |  February 21, 2022

British athlete Eilish McColgan has set a new British half marathon record, previously held by Paula Radcliffe for 21 years

Scottish long-distance runner Eilish McColgan has smashed Paula Radcliffe’s 21-year-old British half marathon record, with an impressive time of 1:06:26.

31-year-old McColgan beat Radcliffe’s previous British best by just over 20 seconds, coming sixth overall at the Ras Al Khaimah Half Marathon in the United Arab Emirates this weekend.

Eilish also beat her mother, fellow Olympian Liz McColgan, whose personal best time is 1:07:11.

It was a tough competition between the elite athletes, with Ethiopia’s Girmawit Gebrzihair Gebru coming out on top with a new course record of 1:04:14.

It’s a huge accomplishment for McColgan, who has been a serious competitor to watch in British athletics over the last few years. You can hear our interview with her on episode 53 of the Women’s Running podcast now.

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Holly Taylor

Holly Taylor

Holly Taylor is the digital editor of Women’s Running and co-host of the Women’s Running podcast, where she shares her running journey as well as the inspiring stories of women runners all over the country. She’s never been the sporty type, but running is the first time she’s felt real joy in getting active. She loves talking about running with a community of inclusive and supportive runners, and Women's Running is the perfect space for this. She's currently aiming for a half marathon PB!

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