Club runner Ellis Cross beats Sir Mo Farah, while Eilish McColgan wins women’s race, two seconds off British and European record
The Vitality London 10,000 returned to central London today (Bank Holiday Monday 2 May) for the first time since 2019 – with an explosive elite race that saw Eilish McColgan come within seconds of the European and British 10K record while in the men’s race, Aldershot, Farnham and District club runner Ellis Cross forced multiple world and Olympic champion Sir Mo Farah into second place.
Cross outsprinted Farah in the closing stages to seal the biggest win of his career in 28:40, four seconds ahead of Farah’s time of 28:44.
Asked how he felt on beating the mighty Farah, Cross said: “I’m lost for words – I did not expect this in a million years. Honestly, I know it’s a cliché, but I couldn’t believe it. I just felt very good from the get-go. Obviously, I knew Farah had a finish, so the last 2K I thought I’d try and wind it up a bit – try to sting his legs a little bit to hold him off.
“The route is just amazing – it’s only every so often that you’re able to even take an opportunity like this. To do so well in front of such a big crowd is crazy. But I think it helped – obviously everyone was supporting Sir Mo and nobody knew who I was! So to be able to hold him off and win it – I can’t believe it!”