Eilish McColgan is a Scottish runner who comes from impressive pedigree. She’s the daughter of Liz McColgan-Nuttall, who’s a former 10,000m world champion. Eilish broke her mother’s record over the weekend at the Great South Run in the 10-mile. Eilish finished in 51:38, nearly 30 seconds ahead of her mom’s former record set at 52:00 in 1997 (when Eilish was six years old). This also moves Eilish to second on the British all-time list, behind only Paula Radcliffe (former marathon world record-holder), who has run 51:11 over the distance.
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"If you are not willing to risk the usual, you will have to settle for the ordinary." 🙃 – 2019s been a good un! Most consistent I've ever been (well from April onwards 🤣). It feels good to be ending on a high with two Scottish records, healthy and happy! 💙 – 10.1mile splits (according to my watch but I'm assuming I ran wide on all the bends 🤣): 5.07, 5.12, 5.12, 5.20 (giraffe legs struggling round the corners🦒), 5.08, 4.57 (Michael practically abusing my ears making me think I was off pace 🏃🏼♀️) 5.08, 5.06, 4.54, 4.57. (⌚@polaruk_ire Vantage M) – 2019 summer season. Over and out! 🙌🏻 . . . . . . . . #summersover #portsmouth #ASICS #polar #fastgirls #fit #jj #fitness #fitspo #athletics #runner #longlegs #runnergirl #racing #motivationmonday
Both McColgan women have very impressive running resumes. Eilish was 10th in the 5,000m final at the World Championships in September and her mom is a former world champion. Eilish is now coached by her mother.
When Liz told her then-sponsor Nike that she was pregnant with Eilish in 1990, Nike reportedly terminated her contract. Liz was one of the best runners in the world at the time, and went on to return to the sport post-baby and win the World Championships 10,000m title in 1991.
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Proud to be one half of the world's fastest mother/daughter duo in history! 😜 ♀️ – Earlier this week I had someone make a comment that I was a 'has been' and only get by in the sport 'because of my name'. 🙄 Unfortunately, a name doesn't qualify you for the Olympic Games… Nor does it gain you European medals! If only sport were that easy! If that were the case, we may as well sign all of Radcliffe's and Farah's kids up for 2036 and get it done with now 😉 – To be following in my mums footsteps, running in the same stadiums where she made sporting history – is truly special. In Hengelo, I broke my mums PB, setting a Scottish Record over 5,000m in the exact stadium my mum set the Scottish record over 10,000m – 28 years earlier! 🙌🏻 (also think my dad set his PB there too!!)… How mad is that!? – I feel confident that with my mum as my coach we can continue to get faster! This 'has been' isn't quite done yet. I'm making sure the McColgan name remains a fast one! 💯👊 😉 #keepingitinthefamily . . . . . . . . #runningfamily #hasbeen #workforit #asics #recordbreakers #fastgirls #run #running #ukrunchat #runnerspace #trackandfield #athletics
Since women like Liz (among others who came forward earlier this year) have spoken out about unfair pregnancy policies, Nike has revised theirs.
After several US athletes, including Alysia Montaño, six-time Olympic gold medallist Allyson Felix and former elite marathoner Kara Goucher publicly criticized Nike for financially penalizing athletes who decide to start a family, the company announced significant changes. As with many professions, it’s not unusual in US athletes’ contracts for compensation to be tied to performance, and according to a letter shared on social media by Felix, Nike has now promised no performance-related pay reductions for 18 months, dating from one month into an athlete’s pregnancy. This effectively gives a mother 10 months to return to competition form.
Thankfully, most professional runners’ contracts now guarantee pregnancy protections.