Team GB athlete Eilish McColgan has revealed thieves broke into her home and stole priceless athletics medals and commemorative keepsakes from the Olympics and Commonwealth Games.

The champion distance runner shared details of the burglary and the precious items stolen from her house in Didsbury in south Manchester.

Eilish, 28, a European silver medallist over 5,000 metres who represented Team GB at the London 2012 and Rio 2016 Olympics, said thieves locked her dog in a lounge and left the property 'completely ransacked'.

The back door of her house was smashed in, she said, and 'the whole house destroyed'.

Branding the burglars 'horrible, horrible scum', the Scottish runner said her British Championship medals were taken alongside items of jewellery and a necklace she said was a Christmas gift from her mum, the former 10,000m world champion and Olympic silver medallist Liz McColgan.

In a social media post on Wednesday night [May 29] Dundee-born Eilish, who is believed to be competing abroad, wrote: "Never been so angry in my life."

"Just found out our house has been broken into and completely ransacked.

Eilish McColgan on facebook

On Twitter, she confirmed her dog was safe, claiming the thieves had locked him in a lounge as they raided the property.