20th December 2011
Eilish McColgan will head south of the border early in the new year to continue her rehabilitation from injury as she targets a place at London 2012.
The young Scottish steeplechaser and endurance runner made a big impression last season before breaking her foot in the London Grand Prix at Crystal Palace in early August.
McColgan was bound for the World Championships in Daegu before her unlucky break – on a day when she still managed to set a PB and Scottish record of 9.44.8 for the 3000 metre steeplechase despite the accident happening 500 metres from the finishing line.
UK Athletics have now decided against taking Eilish to Kenya in January for a training camp with other Great Britain athletes.
But, as Olympic year opens, she will instead attend a rehab clinic in London for specialised training. That will be followed with a fortnight at Loughbrough before another visit to London.
All the programmes are geared to full fitness at the start of the season and there are encouraging signs with the 21-year-old back running again.
‘Eilish won’t travel to Kenya with the UK Athletics squad but will be in London instead for specialised training as she works on her rehab,’ said her coach, Liz McColgan.
‘She has been back running over the past couple of weeks and has made a lot of progress. Everything she is now doing is with next summer in mind.’
McColgan, named last week in the scottishathletics Commonwealth Games squad and on the UKA development programme, has been attending the LifeFit Physio centre in Grangemouth where she has been working with David Bowmaker.