McColgan in a league of her own
Eilish McColgan blitzed the field to claim the BF&M 10K women's title comfortably and put the icing on an impressive double on her Bermuda Triangle Challenge debut.
The two-times Olympian and European Championships silver medal-winner covered the racecourse in 33min 28sec, crossing the finish line at North Field with no other women's rival in sight.
“This is definitely the most challenging course I've done for the 10K and actually my slowest time ever, so I think that reflects just how tough the course was,” McColgan, who finished ninth overall, said.
“I really enjoyed it. There's so many lovely people out on the course giving me cheers and made it a lot easier to work hard.”
The Scottish runner's victory today followed on from her triumph in the Butterfield Front Street Mile Elite Women's race yesterday.
“I think this time of the year it's hard to do a really fast mile and then back at the 10k today was always going to be tough,” McColgan added.
“Overall, it was a great experience and hopefully I will be back next year with a little bit of better weather. It was so windy I couldn't be more fast last night or today. I think we were just a little bit unlucky with the storm. It gives me an excuse to come back next year.”
McColgan finished more than two minutes ahead of Nuhamin Bogale Ashame, of Ethiopia, who finished in 35:33.
“That course was hilly and windy, but I was happy with my time,” said Ashamed, who finished third in the Elite Women's mile race.
Therese Haiss, of the United States, finished third in a time of 36:9.
“It was really hilly, both up and down, a very scenic course,” said Haiss, who finished runner-up behind McColgan in the elite mile.
“I ran the mile last night and I'm running the half tomorrow [Sunday]. I tried to be pretty conservative and I definitely was during the first half.
“I pressed a lot in the middle and I was really tired by the end, so I kind of just faded on in. I'm not usually a 10k runner, so it was a lot of fun.”
Gayle Lindsay was the top local women's finisher, crossing the line 32nd overall in 39:57.
Lindsay also won the Butterfield Front Street Mile local women's race.