The 2021 Ron Pickering Memorial Fund is now open to grants applications for 2021, offering help to British track and field athletes with talent and financial need, between the ages of 15 and 23.
The application period lasts until the end of November and applications are welcome from both able-bodied and para athletes.
Grants are intended to help recipients make the transition from junior to senior level, through support for equipment, specialist coaching or travel and helping build the athletes’ confidence and self-esteem through recognition.
Organisers say it was uncertain at points whether the fund would be able to make grants for 2021, as it is heavily dependent on fundraising at the London Marathon.
But money has been raised through alternative events through the year, including the 26.2 Challenge and virtual London Marathon, enabling the charity to open up for applications for grants to be made in January.
The Ron Pickering Memorial Fund commemorates the athletics coach, commentator and presenter, who died in 1991. Since its establishment, it has raised and awarded more than £2 million in grants to thousands of talented young athletes.
Previous recipients have included Laura Muir, Eilish McColgan, Jake Wightman and Eilidh Doyle.
Eilish McColgan and Eilidh Doyle are among hundreds of British athletes who have benefitted from RPMF grants over the years