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Liz McColgan

Liz is a household name from a halcyon era of British athletics that would always be a hard act to follow. Liz’s highlights include winning the London Marathon in 1996 and Commonwealth gold over 10,000m in both 1986 and 1990. To see how her daughter Eilish, with her mum’s guidance, has been able to match and even surpass those achievements year-on-year brings much credit to both.


About Liz McColgan

While a parent-child coaching relationship is a common theme in sport, there is a uniqueness to the bond between Liz McColgan and her daughter Eilish McColgan that brings out the best in both athlete and coach. Given it’s a coaching relationship that has lasted two decades, they must – as the results show – be doing something right.

Eilish broke her own mum’s championship record for the 10,000m in Birmingham in August 2022.

But it is perhaps Liz’s 10,000m win on the track in the Tokyo World Championships of 1991, grinding down her challengers in the heat and humidity of the Japanese capital in her own unmistakable frontrunning style that will live longest in the memory of athletics fans.

Having been self-coached as an athlete, Liz now uses her experience and wisdom to help other athletes around the world, including Eilish. The pair are available for talks together, or individually.

To book Liz McColgan, contact The Speakers Agency on +44(0)1332 810481 or email

Speech Topics

Liz McColgan’s speech topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Peak performance
  • Coaching
  • Lessons from Sport in Business and Life
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