Athletes supported by London Marathon Events celebrate success at Tokyo Olympic Games
Athletes supported by London Marathon Events (LME) enjoyed an exceptional Olympic Games in Tokyo.
Of 30 British endurance runners who received LME funding in 2021, an incredible 11 won selection for the Team GB athletics team in Tokyo with Alex Bell, Lizzie Bird and Jake Heyward all making track finals and Bird even setting a new national record.
Furthermore, teenage 800m sensation Keely Hodgkinson has also benefited from LME’s Playground to Podium pathway for British distance running.
Hogkinson, who won a silver medal and became the fastest Briton ever over 800m, is part of the Leeds Beckett University Training Hub which is one of two centres in England funded by LME. The 19-year-old has also twice run the Virgin Money Giving Mini London Marathon and attended the London Marathon Events Young Athlete Camp, a week-long camp held annually* for the best young endurance athletes in the country.
Among the other highlights from London Marathon Events-supported athletes in Tokyo were:
- Alex Bell reached the women’s 800m final, finishing seventh in 1:57:66, a new personal best (PB) and the sixth fastest time in history by a British woman. Bell has been on LME elite athlete funding programme for three years, from 2019.
- Lizzie Bird ran a national record of 9:19:68 to finish ninth in the women’s 3,000m steeplechase final. Bird has been on LME elite athlete funding for two years, from 2020.
- Jake Heyward reached the men’s 1,500m final where he finished ninth. He set a new PB of 3:32:82 to qualify from the semi-final. Heyward has been on LME elite athlete funding since 2020.
Other LME-funded athletes who competed in Tokyo were Sam Atkin (10,000m), Ben Connor (marathon), Steph Davis (marathon), Amy-Eloise Markovc (5,000m), Jess Piasecki (marathon), Marc Scott (5,000m and 10,000m), Zak Seddon (3,000m steeplechase) and Chris Thompson (marathon).
Steph Twell (marathon) and Aimee Pratt (3,000m steeplechase), who both graduated from the LME funding programme to British Athletics funding, were also in Tokyo.