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11-02-2020
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Athletes boosted by LME funding for 2020

I am extremely grateful to receive another year of help from London Marathon Events. This funding will be crucial to help and support me in a year that could be the biggest of my career to date

Alex Bell

World Championships 800m semi-finalist

LME has worked with British Athletics to select the nominated individual athletes and the funding is designed to provide a bridge for endurance runners to the WCPP and to improve the standard of British endurance running across all distances.

In addition to the 15 athletes who are continuing on the funding programme, 15 new names have been added to the list including Rosie Clarke and Elizabeth Bird, who both ran the 3000m steeplechase at last year’s World Championships, Piers Copeland, 1500m silver medallist at the 2019 Under-23 European Championships, and Stephanie Davis, who last year ran the ninth fastest marathon time in history by a British woman.

The athletes were shortlisted by a panel of British Athletics and London Marathon Events endurance experts and range from middle-distance runners to marathon specialists. No athlete currently funded through the British Athletics WCPP is eligible to receive London Marathon Events individual funding.

Hugh Brasher, Event Director of London Marathon Events, said: “We are passionate about effectively supporting British endurance running and the first year of this new initiative of funding individual athletes has produced good results. Eight of our funded athletes were selected for the World Championships and now four of those have progressed onto the British Athletics Olympic Podium Potential Programme. The aim of this funding was to provide a pathway for talented endurance athletes and these results show it is working.

“We wish this year’s funded athletes every success and we hope to see a number of them in Team GB at the Olympic Games in Tokyo this summer.”

We are passionate about effectively supporting British endurance running and the first year of this new initiative of funding individual athletes has produced good results

Hugh Brasher

Event Director, London Marathon Events

The full list of athletes to be offered London Marathon Events funding is:

  • Mohamud Aadan (Thames Valley)
  • Charlotte Arter (Cardiff AAC)
  • Alexandra Bell (Pudsey & Bramley)
  • Elizabeth Bird (Shaftesbury Barnet)
  • Emile Cairess (Leeds City)
  • Hayley Carruthers (Birchfield Harriers)
  • Rosie Clarke (Epsom & Ewell)
  • Natasha Cockram (Micky Morris Racing Team)
  • Jamaine Coleman (Preston)
  • Ben Connor (Derby)
  • Piers Copeland (Wimborne)
  • Stephanie Davis (Clapham Chasers)
  • Nick Goolab (Belgrave Harriers)
  • Derek Hawkins (Kilbarchan AAC)
  • Jake Heyward (Cardiff AAC)
  • Sarah Inglis (Lothian Running Club)
  • Tish Jones (Belgrave Harriers)
  • Matt Leach (Bedford & County)
  • Jonny Mellor (Liverpool Harriers)
  • Amy-Eloise Neale (Wakefield District Harriers)
  • Jennifer Nesbitt (Cardiff AAC)
  • Verity Ockenden (Swansea Harriers)
  • Chris O'Hare (Edinburgh AC)
  • Lily Partridge (Birchfield Harriers)
  • Marc Scott (Cambridge & Coleridge)
  • Zak Seddon (Bracknell AC)
  • Jake Smith (Cardiff AAC)
  • Jenny Spink (Bristol & West)
  • Chris Thompson (Aldershot Farnham & District)
  • Alice Wright (Worcester AC)