Runners of all abilities can now apply for a newly launched grant issued by The National Running Show to help facilitate the careers of the next wave of running athletes and community running groups.
The grant programme, which launched at the third annual National Running Show in Birmingham on 25-26 January, offers grants ranging from £500 to £3,000 under two Grant streams – the Elite Sport grant and the Community grant. The programme’s judging panel will comprise a host of industry experts and carefully chosen individuals from the business world. The judges include current British 400m record holder Iwan Thomas, Ultra-Runner Susie Chan, Mark Brider, CEO of Children with Cancer UK, Hannah Beecham Founder and CEO of RED Together, Jessica Robson Founder of Run Talk Run , Olympic Silver medallist Wendy Sly MBE, former international athlete Allison Curbishley and world-renowned athlete Steve Cram.
Ranging from £500 up to £3,000 the Elite sport grants aim to support in-competition elite runners who inspire others through their activities. The money can be used to purchase specialist equipment, access professional training and coaching and cover travel costs to events.
The second stream of funding, the Community grant, offers groups operating across England an opportunity to apply for funding ranging from £500 to £1,000. The criteria for selection will identify those who help encourage inactive people to become more active, promote and encourage lasting sporting habits and help to develop positive attitudes towards running amongst young people.
Olympic Athlete Eilish McColgan joined the CEO of the show on the stage as the show closed, announcing that she is the first Athlete to receive an Elite Runner grant, she commented: “The grant will be a huge help in this Olympic year. I will be using the grant to fund my altitude training camp next month and I’m also hoping to use the extra money to help bring my mum (who coaches me) out to the Olympic Games in Tokyo - should I qualify for Team GB!.”
Mike Seaman, CEO at Raccoon Events and founder of The National Running Show, commented: “We have met so many inspiring runners in the three years since we launched The National Running Show, and not just athletes, runners who do a mile a week but are so motivated because the positive physical and mental outcomes. When I set up The National Running Show it was my aim to be able to give back to this amazing community and I am delighted to be able to do that through these grants.
“We feel passionately that running is about more than getting fit and healthy, it’s about friendship, motivation and positive mental health and we know first-hand just how important community running groups are in inspiring people who might be reticent to get out and take a few steps.”
The National Running Show London takes place on 13th-14th June 2020. Tickets are available at https://bit.ly/3buv19s