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BRI­TISH en­durance ath­letes will ben­e­fit from £350,000 in 2019 cour­tesy of Lon­don Marathon Events.

Of this, £180,000 will go to­ward UKA’s World Class Per­for­mance Pro­gramme and al­ti­tude camps, while £70,000 will be of­fered to 32 ath­letes not on the WCPP and a fur­ther £100,000 will sup­port the en­durance cen­tre at St Mary’s Univer­sity in Twick­en­ham.

The 32 ath­letes in­clude Char­lotte Pur­due, Alex Bell, Lily Partridge, Andy Ver­non, Jonny Mel­lor, Jess Judd, Chris O’Hare, Chris Thomp­son, Steph Twell and last week­end’s Euro Tri­als win­ners Ross Milling­ton and Char­lotte Arter.

Hugh Brasher, event di­rec­tor at Lon­don Marathon, said: “One of Chris Brasher and John Dis­ley’s found­ing prin­ci­ples when they cre­ated the Lon­don Marathon in 1981 was to im­prove the stan­dard of Bri­tish en­durance run­ning – and this com­mit­ment re­mains as strong to­day.

“We want to see Bri­tish en­durance ath­letes chal­leng­ing the very best run­ners in the world in the very best races in the world – in­clud­ing the Vir­gin Money Lon­don Marathon – and the sup­port we gave Mo Farah through his univer­sity days and beyond has shown how our fund­ing pro­grammes can help ath­letes get closer to this goal.”

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