McColgan received the award during the 2023 TCS London Marathon podium presentations
The former London Marathon winner Liz McColgan has been recognised with the prestigious John Disley Lifetime Achievement Award.
McColgan – who won the 1996 London Marathon and was runner-up in 1997 – received the award, named after the co-founder of the London Marathon, during the 2023 TCS London Marathon podium presentations yesterday (Sunday 23 April).
The Scottish star follows in the tracks of many British running legends who have received the award, which was created in 2015. They include three-time London Marathon champion Paula Radcliffe, the first British men's London Marathon winner Hugh Jones and former Olympic athlete and commentator Brendan Foster, who was the voice of the event for the BBC for decades.
McColgan watched yesterday's stunning elite women's race ahead of receiving her award as Sifan Hassan (NED) claimed one of the most memorable wins in London Marathon history. McColgan's daughter Eilish, the Commonwealth Games 10,000m champion, was due to make her marathon debut alongside Hassan but had to withdraw due to a knee issue two days before the race.
Samantha Harrison was the first British finisher in 2:25:59. This time puts her sixth on the all-time British marathon rankings, knocking Liz McColgan out of the all-time top 10.