The Ron Pickering Memorial Fund has been a great supporter of Scottish athletes in the recent past and applications are now open for 2017.
Previous beneficiaries of an annual award include Greg Rutherford, Christine Ohuruogu, Mo Farah, Jessica Ennis-Hill, Sophie Hitchon, Robbie Grabarz, Sabrina Bakare, Tayler Campbell, Morgan Lake and many more.
Earlier this year, we announced that 14 Scots were recipients for 2016. Commonwealth Youth Games medallists Cameron Tindle, Ben Greenwood, Rachel Alexander, Alisha Rees and Carys McAulay all received awards. They were joined by Katy Brown, Joe Arthur, Emma Canning, Maddie Murray, Adam Scott, Cameron Boyek, Jack Lawrie, Rachel Hunter and Mhairi Hendry.
Grants are available to both able-bodied and Para athletes between the ages of 15 and 23. Grants to athletes over 23 may be made in exceptional circumstances. Those making applications should be aware certain standards are being sought – usually via British rankings on Power of 10 in particular events.
The 2017 application process closes on Monday 28 November. There is more on the RPMF website
Also on a grant opportunity theme, the British Athletics Supporters Club (BASC) is looking to assist Coaches and Officials with bursaries.
BASC will award sums of up to £250 to successful applicants who, in their pursuit of higher standards, possibly, but not exclusively, attend a qualification course run by UK Athletics, England Athletics or similar organisation.
In return, the club will expect them to keep BASC members updated on their progress.
Those interested should apply by visiting the British Athletics Supporters Club website and complete the application form in the Bursary Scheme within the Athletics Zone. Selections are at the discretion of the BASC directors.
Kerry-Liam Wilson is by no means a stranger to the podium and his latest success on the track at the British Masters Champs has brought up a superb ‘double double’ for 2016.
Wilson won the V45 5000m on the track at British level to add to his British 5K road title victory in the same age-group. And he’s also won Scottish titles in both track and road at the same distance this year.
Many congratulations to the Cambuslang Harriers athlete, a hugely-popular figure around our community and an inspiration to many.
Kilmarnock Harrriers are stepping up promotion of their Open XC event on Sunday 13 November – with sponsorship support from Scottish Power Energy Networks.
The first race is at 12.30pm that day with 10 in all, from U11 athletes to Seniors/Vets.
For everyone up to and including U17s, it is £4 on the day to race with the prices for the other age-groups £5 for SAL members and £7 for non-members.
Entry on the day from 11.00 am but clubs and individuals can facilitate faster registration by pre notification to email@example.com
Download course map and race details here – race-details-and-course-map
Download full event info, including directions, parking and prizes, here – event-information
William Sichel is gearing up for his 100th ultra marathon with the veteran runner from Orkney having racked up so many records along the way. Not to mention the miles – some 20,000 or so in races alone.
And he is still going strong at 62.
Check out this short report from BBC Scotland: