Paralympians receive training grants from London Marathon Events Ltd
Great Britain’s three entrants for the marathon at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro have each been awarded a £5,000 training grant from London Marathon Events Ltd.
David Weir, Simon Lawson and Derek Rae have been given the financial boost after their places in the GB team for Rio were confirmed.
It follows similar £5,000 grants given out by London Marathon Events Ltd to Callum and Derek Hawkins, Tsegai Tewelde, Alyson Dixon and Sonia Samuels, who are all running in marathon events at the Rio Olympics.
British Paralympic legend David Weir, who was third in the wheelchair race at this year’s Virgin Money London Marathon, was delighted with the grant and said the support given to him by London Marathon Events Ltd would be vital in the countdown to Rio.
He said: “I would like to thank everyone at London Marathon Events Ltd for their continued support over the past few years and this grant is another example of that.”
Weir, who became the first man to break the three-minute barrier for the mile at the Vitality Westminster Mile in May, will be looking to add to his six Paralympic gold medals in Brazil.
Joining Weir in the wheelchair race in Rio will be Simon Lawson, who was 10th at this year’s Virgin Money London Marathon.
Lawson said: “It is a great honour to be named in the GB team for Rio and this grant will be a massive help towards training leading up to the Games.”
Derek Rae will be competing in the T46 class event in Rio and is coming off the back of a personal best (PB) run at this year’s Virgin Money London Marathon where his time of 2:37:28 was good enough to finish fifth in his category.
Rae said: “I’m really grateful for the training grant and continue to be humbled by the support I receive from everyone.
“This grant will significantly assist me with my training costs and allow me to continue to focus on running better and better.
“I really appreciate that London Marathon Events continues to be supportive of my endeavours.”
The 2016 Paralympics take place from September 7 to September 18.