LONDON MARATHON ATHLETE AID
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.”