Eilish McColgan is one of Dundee’s well-renowned athletes and this year competed in her third Commonwealth Games after the 2008 Commonwealth Youth Games in India and the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. She also competed in the European Championships in Berlin where she won silver in the Women’s 5000m
Born in Dundee, Eilish McColgan is the daughter of well-renowned athlete Liz McColgan and Peter McColgan. Eilish has followed in her mother’s footsteps in becoming an athlete and is a member of the Dundee Hawkhill Harriers. Eilish is coached by her mother who has been one of Eilish’s influences in becoming an athlete.
Eilish was brought up in Dundee and like her mother, found an interest in running. She won a silver medal at the Scottish School’s Championships in the 1500 metres and a bronze medal at the International Under-17s Schools Championships back in 2006. In 2007, she came fifth in the Scottish Senior Championships 1500 metres and at the 2008 Scottish Indoor Championships she won a bronze medal in the 1500 metres.
It was also in 2008 that she competed in her first Commonwealth Games event which were the Commonwealth Youth Games in India.
Like her mother, Eilish has gained quite a few records during her career as an athlete. She holds the record for the British Under 23 age group 3000m Steeplechase which she achieved back in 2012, the Scottish Senior 3000m Steeplechase record holder in which she also achieved in 2012, the British Universities 3000m Steeeplechase record holder which she achieved back in 2011 and the under 20s Scottish 1500m Steeplechase which she achieved back ten years ago in 2008.
Her biggest influences as an athlete is her parents who were both athletes and because she is the daughter of an athletic world champion, Eilish looks up to her mother and continues to be one of the main drivers in her career as an athlete.