McColgan charged with assaulting Strabane-born husband

Long-distance runner Liz McColgan has denied charges she assaulted Strabane-born husband Peter and threw his clothes out of a window at their luxury home near Carnoustie in July.

Appearing at Arbroath Sherrif Court last week the former Olympic champion reportedly wiped tears from her eyes after she was accused of repeatedly punching and prodding her estranged husband, and acting in a threatening and abusive manner which caused “fear and alarm”.

The couple had announced their amicable split last November.

They met at the 1986 Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh, where a 22-year-old Liz shot to fame by winning gold in the 10,000m, a year later they were married.

It was a partnership which saw Liz rack up two gold medals, one silver, one bronze, smash women’s distance records, and receive an MBE for her exploits.

Peter would become her manager, and more recently the pair started a health club business. They have five children together - with the eldest Eilish (21) already carving out her own successful middle-distance running career - but motherhood was not to slow Liz down.

Just months after giving birth to her first child in November 1990, she was competing, and winning in long-distance races around the world - her 1991 Tokyo win coming nine months after Eilish was born.

Their youngest is aged just six and Liz was still competing seven years ago, when she ran in the Scotland Cross Country Championships at the age of 40.

Liz denies the assault charges.

She is due to appear back in court at a pre-trial hearing on November 10.