Support act: 29 Scots receive grant aid from Ron Pickering Memorial Fund

Friday 3rd March 2023

Medallists in the Senior Men’s 1500m – Ben Greenwood (centre) and Ben Sandilands (right) are both RPMF recipients. Also pictured: Jamie MacKinnon

RPMF website

Young Scottish athletes have once again received superb support from the Ron Pickering Memorial Fund.

This year, a total of 189 talented young British athletes have been backed by the programme with £40,000 being awarded overall for the forthcoming year.

And it’s great to see no fewer than 29 Scots involved –  around 14 percent of the UK-wide tally.

Applications for the RPMF grants were open to those aged 15-23 and 2022. Over many years, the RPMF has awarded grants totalling almost £2.5m with a swathe of GB and NI international athletes and global medallists having been helped in their formative years in athletics.

There’s a wide range of event groups covered in the Scottish cohort and three Para athletes are included – Steven Bryce (VP-Glasgow), Ben Sandilands (Fife AC) and Alexander Thomson (VP-Glasgow)

RPMF grant media announcement

Here’s the list of Scottish recipients . . .

Struan Bennet (Fife AC) Long Distance/XC

Steven Bryce (VP-Glasgow) T20 Middle distance

Lucas Cairns (Inverness Harriers) Long Distance/XC

Corey Campbell (Team East Lothian) Middle Distance

Luke Culliton (Falkirk Victoria Harriers) Middle Distance

Euan Cunningham (Falkirk Victoria Harriers) Sprints

Kane Elliott (Falkirk Victoria Harriers) Middle Distance

Fraser Gilmour (Kilbarchan AAC) Long Distance/XC

Alice Goodall (Edinburgh Un Hare and Hounds) Long Distance/XC

Conan Harper (Giffnock North AC) Long Distance/XC

Caitlyn Heggie (Ross County AC) Long Distane/XC

Ben Heron (North Ayrshire AC) Hurdles

Adam Hoole (Team East Lothian) Multi Events

Megan Keith (Inverness Harriers) Long Distance/XC

Amy Kennedy (Cumbernauld AAC) Heptathlon

Ben MacMillan (Central AC) Middle Distance

Angela McAuslan-Kelly (Aberdeen AAC) Throws

Reuben Nairne (Giffnock North) Jumps

Tendai Nyabadza (Harmeny AC) Middle Distance

Holly Page (Carnethy HRC) Long Distance/XC

Meghan Porterfield (VP-Glasgow) Throws

Finlay Ross (Harmeny AC) Middle Distance

Hannah Ryding (Giffnock North) Long Distance/XC

Ben Sandilands (Fife AC) T20 Middle Distance

Rowan Stewart (Worcester AC) High Jump

Sarah Tait (Lasswade AC) Long Distance/XC

Alexander Thomson (VP-Glasgow) T38 Sprints

Layla Todd (Shetland AAC) Middle Distance

Eloise Walker (Edinburgh AC) Middle Distance

Tags: Ron Pickering Memorial Fund, RPMF

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