Liz McColgan-Nuttall

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Coach:Yes
Club:Dundee Hawkhill
Gender:Female
Date of Birth:24/05/1964
Age Group:V50
County:Scotland East
Region:Scotland
Nation:Scotland
Lead Coach:Unknown

About Login
Liz McColgan (nee Lynch) was a talented youngster, regularly battling with her great rival Yvonne Murray in cross-country events but McColgan’s career began to blossom when she was offered a sports scholarship to Idaho University, before transferring to Alabama University, where she won a prestigious NCAA title but her indoor title in 1986 was her last, as she was barred from competition due to unintentionally breaching prize-money laws.

However, McColgan quickly made an impression on the international circuit, winning the Commonwealth 10000m title in front of her homecrowd in Edinburgh, defeating New Zealand’s Anne Audain in a tremendous race. One month later, McColgan attempted an ambitious 3000/10000m double at the European Championships in Stuttgart. Liz was 12th in the 3000m (9:02.42 and 8:58.85 in the heats) and 7th in the 10000m (31:49.46), where she was lapped by eventual champion Ingrid Kristiansen but this was only a tiny footnote in a prolific career.

Six months later, McColgan won a silver medal at the World Cross Country Championships in Warsaw, in one of the greatest fields ever assembled for a cross-country race. McColgan succumbed to defeat to the hands of Annette Sergent but gained the satisfaction of defeating Kristiansen into the bronze medal position, as well as finishing ahead of luminaries including her nemesis on the track, Olga Bondarenko.

McColgan had a good Grand Prix campaign but at the World Championships, McColgan finished just outside the medals. Liz allowed Kristiansen to make an early break and could not bridge the lead of the Norwegian and acted as a pacemaker for the second group. Heartbreakingly for Liz, she was outsprinted on the last lap by the Soviet Olga Zhupieva and East Germany’s Katrin Ullrich.

McColgan improved her British and Commonwealth record to 31:06.99 at the Bislett Games in July 1988 and at the Olympic Games, Liz won a hard fought silver medal in Seoul. In a dramatic race, Kristiansen dropped out at 3km with a foot injury when she was in the lead and a similar scenario unravelled, as McColgan led the chasing group comprised of Bondarenko and Zhupieva, before catching Ullrich after 5km. McColgan continued to lead and successfully dropped Ullrich and Zhupieva but Liz could not shake off the persistent figure of the tiny Bondarenko. The Soviet attacked with 200m remaining and McColgan had to settle for a silver medal behind the diminutive Russian, whose gutsy break proved to be decisive.

In 1989, McColgan won silver at the World Indoor Championships behind Elly van Hulst, before setting a 10km world record of 30:38 in Orlando just one week later.

In 1990, McColgan defended her Commonwealth 10000m title, as well as taking 3000m bronze, but soon after this triumph, Liz chose to abandon the rest of the year to start a family but returned with a vengeance in the 1991 campaign. Just weeks after giving birth, McColgan won bronze at the World Cross Country Championships in Antwerp and broke the 31-minute barrier for the first time over 10000m in June, running 30:57.07 in Hengelo, as well as setting a 3000m PB in Nice. McColgan started as the pre-race favourite for the World Championships in Tokyo and Liz had prepared meticulously by training in humid conditions in Florida. After running the heats in flats, McColgan made her intentions clear in the final by leading from the gun, churning out consecutive laps of 74/75-seconds, which dropped everyone by 7km expect for Ethiopia’s Derartu Tulu but soon after, Tulu was broken and McColgan was in the clear at 8km. McColgan crossed the line for the gold medal, setting a winning time of 31:14.31, defeating China’s Zhong Huandi by more than 100m.

Two months later, Liz won her debut marathon in New York, setting the world’s fastest debut of 2:27:32.

However, McColgan could not reproduce the same form in 1992. A cold affected her chances at the World Cross Cou

Athletes Coached
NameClub AG  Sex  Best Event  Rank  AG  Year  Performance 
Katie AndersonDundee HawkhillU20W80038U1720142:15.60
Iona BrodieDundee HawkhillU23W80060U2020132:18.13
Laura BrownDundee HawkhillSENW
Amanda CampbellLivingstonSENW
Howell CraskeCorstorphineU23M3000120ALL20148:25.93
Jamie CroweCentralU20M500041U20201416:02.00
Rebecca FinchVictoria Park City of GlasgowSENW
Adam GuthrieDundee HawkhillU23M
Sarah KellyDundee HawkhillU23W800120ALL20132:11.66
Gareth LambDundee HawkhillSENM
Eilish McColganDundee HawkhillSENW3000SCW1ALL20149:44.65
Craig McDowallLivingstonU23M800671ALL20131:59.24
Michael OverendDundee HawkhillU23M
Matthew WhiteDundee HawkhillSENM800111ALL20141:52.51

Best known performances
EventPB20142013201220112010200920082007200620052004200319981997Event1996199519931992199119891988198719861985
10002:41.810002:41.8
15004:01.3815004:07.294:09.574:10.16i4:01.384:13.13
Mile4:26.11Mile4:32.374:26.114:35.06i4:33.91
20005:40.2420005:46.29i5:40.245:43.40
30008:34.80i9:31.11i30008:43.34i8:38.238:34.80i8:46.53
2Miles9:50.85i2Miles9:50.85i
500014:59.56500014:59.5615:03.17i15:01.0815:41.58
1000030:57.071000031:40.1431:26.1130:57.0731:06.9931:19.8231:41.42
5K14:575K15:1814:57
EventPB20142013201220112010200920082007200620052004200319981997Event1996199519931992199119891988198719861985
8K24:488K24:48
5M25:2525:255M
10K30:3942:1139:3037:1137:1042:0010K31:1930:3930:5931:0732:24
12K39:2012K39:20
15K47:4315K47:4352:29
10M52:0056:1252:0010M52:14
HM67:1185:09a80:15a84:53a69:5070:08aHM69:4967:1169:1570:59
Mar2:26:523:10:542:50:382:26:542:26:52Mar2:27:542:30:322:29:372:27:382:27:32

Performances Submit
1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1991 1992 1993 1995 1996 1997 1998 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2010 2013

2013 V45 Dundee Hawkhill
EventPerfPosVenueMeetingDate
10K42:11c168161SheffieldBupa Great Yorkshire Run 10K29 Sep 13
2010 V45 Dundee Hawkhill
EventPerfPosVenueMeetingDate
10K39:3091SheffieldBupa Great Yorkshire Run 10K5 Sep 10
HM85:09ac27Newcastle-South ShieldsBupa Great North Run Half Marathon19 Sep 10
Mar3:10:543:10:5417601298New York NY, USAING New York City Marathon7 Nov 10
2007 V40 Dundee Hawkhill
EventPerfPosVenueMeetingDate
10K37:111GlasgowNorwich Union City vs City 10K3 Jun 07
HM80:15a148202Newcastle-South ShieldsBupa Great North Run Half Marathon30 Sep 07
HM84:451DundeeDundee City Half Marathon1 Jul 07
Mar2:50:38400251LondonFlora London Marathon22 Apr 07
2006 V40 Dundee Hawkhill
EventPerfPosVenueMeetingDate
HM84:53a32Newcastle-South ShieldsGreat North Run1 Oct 06
2005 V40 Dundee Hawkhill
EventPerfPosVenueMeetingDate
10K37:101StrabaneSTRABANE 10km23 Jul 05
2004 V35 Dundee Hawkhill
EventPerfPosVenueMeetingDate
30009:31.11i1GlasgowDM HALL SCOTTISH SENIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS Kelvin Hall, Glasgow15 Feb 04
10K42:003BalmoralGREAT CALEDONIAN RUN8 May 04
2003 V35 Dundee Hawkhill
EventPerfPosVenueMeetingDate
10M56:1241PortsmouthGreat South Run12 Oct 03
1998 SEN Dundee Hawkhill
EventPerfPosVenueMeetingDate
5M25:252BalmoralCompaq11 Apr 98
HM69:505Lisbon, POR-15 Mar 98
Mar2:26:542LondonLondon Marathon26 Apr 98
1997 SEN Dundee Hawkhill
EventPerfPosVenueMeetingDate
10M52:001PortsmouthGreat South Run5 Oct 97
HM70:08a3Newcastle-South ShieldsGreat North Run14 Sep 97
HM70:163Lisbon, POR-9 Mar 97
Mar2:26:522LondonFlora London Marathon13 Apr 97
1996 SEN Dundee Hawkhill
EventPerfPosVenueMeetingDate
5K15:183PortsmouthBUPA13 Apr 96
Mar2:27:541LondonAAA/BAF21 Apr 96
Mar2:30:503Tokyo, JPN-17 Nov 96
1995 SEN Dundee Hawkhill
EventPerfPosVenueMeetingDate
500014:59.563Hechtel, BELNvdA22 Jul 95
1000031:40.146Gothenburg, SWEWC9 Aug 95
HM69:493Lisbon, POR-12 Mar 95
Mar2:30:327Tokyo, JPN-19 Nov 95
Mar2:31:141095LondonLondon Marathon2 Apr 95
1993 SEN Dundee Hawkhill
EventPerfPosVenueMeetingDate
10K31:191Forfar-4 Apr 93
Mar2:29:373LondonLondon Marathon18 Apr 93
1992 SEN Dundee Hawkhill
EventPerfPosVenueMeetingDate
15004:07.292GatesheadVauxhall17 Jul 92
Mile4:32.3711Don ValleyLucozade14 Aug 92
30008:43.34i1BirminghamvUSA14 Mar 92
30008:43.813Crystal PalaceTSB10 Jul 92
500015:03.17i1BirminghamAAAs Junior Championship22 Feb 92
1000031:26.115Barcelona, ESPOG7 Aug 92
8K24:481Washington DC, USANike10 May 92
10M52:141SandiacreErewash6 Sep 92
20KSPLIT65:22+mNewcastle-South ShieldsGNR/WC-HM20 Sep 92
20KSPLIT67:11+<1Tokyo, JPNHM26 Jan 92
HM67:111Tokyo, JPN-26 Jan 92
HM68:421Dundee-11 Oct 92
HM68:53a1Newcastle-South ShieldsGNR/WC20 Sep 92
25KSPLIT1:25:45+mTokyo, JPNmar15 Nov 92
30KSPLIT1:43:18+mTokyo, JPNmar15 Nov 92
20MSPLIT1:51:27+emTokyo, JPNmar15 Nov 92
Mar2:27:381Tokyo, JPN-15 Nov 92
1991 SEN Dundee Hawkhill
EventPerfPosVenueMeetingDate
15004:09.571GatesheadPearl Assurance9 Aug 91
30008:38.231Nice, FRANik/GP15 Jul 91
30008:49.223Don ValleyMcVitie15 Sep 91
1000030:57.071Hengelo, NEDAPM25 Jun 91
1000031:14.311Tokyo, JPNWC30 Aug 91
1000031:54.673h2Tokyo, JPNWC27 Aug 91
5K14:571Chicago IL, USA-27 Oct 91
5K15:111Carlsbad CA, USA-14 Apr 91
HM69:152ExeterGWR5 May 91
20MSPLIT1:53:01+mNew York NY, USAmar3 Nov 91
Mar2:27:321New York NY, USA-3 Nov 91
1989 SEN Dundee Hawkhill
EventPerfPosVenueMeetingDate
15004:10.16i6Budapest, HUNWI4 Mar 89
20005:46.29i+mBudapest, HUNWI-30004 Mar 89
30008:34.80i2Budapest, HUNWI4 Mar 89
10K30:391Orlando FL, USARLob11 Mar 89
1988 SEN Dundee Hawkhill
EventPerfPosVenueMeetingDate
1000031:06.991Oslo, NORBisl/GP2 Jul 88
1000031:08.442Seoul, KOROG30 Sep 88
10K30:591Orlando FL, USARLob6 Feb 88
15K47:431Tampa FL, USAGasp13 Feb 88
1987 SEN Dundee Hawkhill
EventPerfPosVenueMeetingDate
10002:41.8e+mOslo, NORBisl/GP-15004 Jul 87
15004:01.383Oslo, NORBisl/GP4 Jul 87
Mile4:26.112Crystal PalacePTG/GP10 Jul 87
20005:40.241Crystal PalaceDCrest22 Aug 87
500015:01.081Oslo, NORNorG5 Aug 87
1000031:19.825Rome, ITAWC4 Sep 87
10K31:071Orlando FL, USARLob21 Feb 87
10K31:131Davenport IA, USA-10 Oct 87
10K31:271Dundee-12 Apr 87
12K39:201Irving TX, USAStPaul17 Oct 87
1986 U23 Dundee Hawkhill
EventPerfPosVenueMeetingDate
SHORT30009:05.64i2Oklahoma City OK, USANCAA15 Mar 86
15004:13.132EdinburghSco14 Jun 86
Mile4:35.06i1Baton Rouge LA, USASEC2 Mar 86
20005:43.403GatesheadvCom5 Aug 86
30008:46.531BirminghamPearl18 Jul 86
30009:15.91i1Bloomington IN, USA-1 Feb 86
2Miles9:50.85i1Baton Rouge LA, USASEC1 Mar 86
500015:41.58+mStuttgart, GEREC-10k30 Aug 86
1000031:41.421EdinburghCG28 Jul 86
1000031:49.467Stuttgart, GEREC30 Aug 86
1000032:59.591CwmbranUK26 May 86
10K32:241Mobile AL, USAAzalea8 Mar 86
HM70:591Dundee-12 Oct 86
1985 U23 Dundee Hawkhill
EventPerfPosVenueMeetingDate
Mile4:33.917EdinburghEdinG23 Jul 85
15K52:2919Tampa FL, USAGasp9 Feb 85
Total Performances: 91
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UK Rankings
EventAGYearRank
1000ALLAT45
1500U23AT33
1500ALLAT11
1500iALLAT17
MileiU23AT3
MileU23AT11
MileiALLAT15
MileALLAT9
2000iALLAT5
2000ALLAT7
2000U23AT4
3000iALL20049
3000ALL200421
3000V3520041
3000iU23AT11
3000iALLAT2
3000U23AT6
3000ALLAT5
3000iV35AT3
2MilesiALLAT8
2MilesALLAT15
5000iALLAT1
5000U23AT10
5000ALLAT6
10000ALLAT4
10000U23AT1
5KALLAT2
5MALLAT2
10KALL2005172
10KV4020058
10KV40200711
10KALL2007183
10KV45201034
10KALL2010559
10KALL20131558
10KV452013136
10KALLAT2
10KU23AT1
15KALLAT1
10MV35AT13
10MALLAT4
HMV40200630
HMALL2006215
HMALL200773
HMV4020074
HMV45201018
HMALL2010241
HMALLAT2
HMU23AT1
MarV4020071
MarALL200725
MarALL2010225
MarV45201023
MarV40AT32
MarALLAT5