In a piece in BBC sports (https://www.bbc.com/sport/athletics/58800752), Eilish McColgan spoke up about the dangers of women running after dark, especially alone.
Eilish McColgan is the 2018 European silver medalist at the 5000m. In Tokyo 2020, Eilish McColgan, a 3 time Olympian, placed 10th in the second heat of the 5,000m (15:09.68) and 10th in the final of the 10,000m (31:04.46).
Eilish noted to the BBC that she is most lucky, as her partner bikes with her day and night, and with that, she can run any time that she wants, but that other women in her country and around the world have no choices.
Eilish McColgan takes 2021 GB 10,000m Trials, photo by British Athletics
She just paced Charlotte Purdue for the first half marathon at the Virgin Money London Marathon, just one second too fast. Charlotte Purdue finished 10th in the VM London marathon in 2:23.26, the third fastest time in British history.
Eilish McColgan was supporting a comment by Charlotte Purdue about her concern running after dusk for women, especially since the murder and torture of Sarah Everhard this past March.
Eilish McColgan, photo by Getty Images for British Athletics
British 5,000m record holder Eilish McColgan would be wary about doing training runs after dark.
McColgan’s fellow distance athlete Charlotte Purdue spoke on Monday about how the abduction and murder of Sarah Everard in March has reinforced her stance about running at night.
And the 2018 European Championships silver medallist echoed that.
“I’d be very hesitant about running in the dark. It will be the same for women all across the world,” McColgan said.
“I’m in the fortunate position of being a professional athlete and being able to train 24 hours a day. My partner actually cycles along with me most days so I never really feel unsafe.
To read the complete story, please go to: https://www.bbc.com/sport/athletics/58800752
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