As Mother’s Day approaches (Sunday 18th March for those of you who have forgotten), we caught up with Scottish 3000m steeplechaser record holder, Eilish McColgan, daughter of former World 10,000m Champion Liz McColgan, to find out what it was like growing up with one of GB’s greatest distance runners.
Eilish, who is currently returning from injury after breaking her foot last year, is hoping to make history in London this summer by becoming the first Scottish daughter of an Olympic athlete to perform at the Games.
Did your Mum inspire you to get into athletics?
“My mum has been my coach since I first decided to take up athletics seriously. After being selected for my county sports, I asked if I could join the local running club.
“My mum decided that she would like me to join her old athletics club, Dundee Hawkhill Harriers - and I haven’t looked back since!”
What’s it like having a World Champion Mum?
“Having a world champion as a mother and coach is definitely a huge advantage. She can give, not only me, but all of our training group, an insight into what it takes to make it, as she’s been there and done it.
"She also understands how an athlete feels as she was an athlete herself and has gone through all the ups and downs just like everyone else. So it's always reassuring having her opinions.”
What will you be doing this Mother’s Day?
“This mother's day I’ll actually be spending it with my boyfriend’s family! Next week I am out of the country for 6 weeks and I won't see them for a long time. My mum is coming out with me for 2 weeks.
“I’m sure my mum will be spoiled by my other 4 younger siblings, aged 12,10,9 and 6, with home-made cards and gifts.”
Back the team this summer and watch Eilish McColgan in action at the Aviva 2012 Trials at Birmingham’s Alexander Stadium from 22nd – 24th June 2012.
For tickets and further information visit www.uka.org.uk/aviva-series or call 08000 55 60 56. An early bird discount of 10% is available until 31st March 2012. #backtheteam
Also, did you know...
Janet Simpson made the history books in 1964 when she won bronze at the Olympics in Tokyo as part of the 4 x 100m relay team. Simpson followed in the footsteps of her mother Violet Webb (1915-99) who also won Olympic bronze in the 4 x 100m relay in St Louis in 1932. Simpson and Webb remain the only British mother and daughter have won athletics medals at the Olympic Games.