This is the first time that Eilish McColgan is taking on the London Marathon, after her mum famously won the race in 1996
26 years after her mother, Liz, won the race, Scottish distance runner Eilish McColgan is taking on the TCS London Marathon for the first time.
In 2022 alone, 31-year-old Eilish has set a new British and European 10K record, a new British 5K record and a new British half marathon record, knocking running legend Paula Radcliffe of the top spot after 21 years. Needless to say, her debut performance at the TCS London Marathon is already causing excitement among athletics fans.
Eilish’s first London Marathon performance won’t be easy: she’ll come head to head against some giants of the running community, including world record holder Brigid Kosgei, defending champion Joyciline Jepkosgei, the fastest-ever female marathon debutant Yalemzerf Yehualaw and British number one Charlotte Purdue.
Eilish has been a pacemaker at the last two London Marathon events – which could be key to her preparation. She told London Marathon’s media team that she’d been preparing for this debut for a number of years and was looking forward to race day:
“I’m so excited to finally be taking part in the TCS London Marathon. I’ve been looking forward and planning the step up to the marathon distance over the past number of years and this year’s London Marathon comes at the perfect time after a busy summer on the track.
“Obviously, the London Marathon holds a very special place in the heart of my family with my mum’s win in 1996. I don’t actually remember the race myself, but I’ve seen the finish many times down the years. I’m now looking forward to experiencing it for myself.”
The competition for 2022 looks fierce, with a total of nine women who have run inside 2:20 on the field.
Some familiar British faces will be joining Eilish, though, with Steph Twell, Rose Harvey and Samantha Harrison also entered, alongside Charlotte Purdue.
Stay tuned for our coverage of this year’s TCS London Marathon.