Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Athletics: Thurrock hurdler benefits from Ron Pickering award

Khai Riley Laborde

AN international hurdler from Thurrock has been awarded key funding from a top athletics source.

The Ron Pickering Memorial Fund is named after the much loved and respected coach and commentator, Ron Pickering.

Khai Riley-La Borde is a 110 metre hurdler who competes for Enfield and Haringey.

The RPMF distributed £43,000 in grants to 199 talented young British athletes

National age group record holders, World and European youth championships, Mini London Marathon medallists and competitors are among the young athletes who received 199 RPMF Grants Awards for 2017. In total we received over 560 applications, in itself a record.

Following his gold in the 800m European Youth Championships and having set the second fastest ever time in his age group for the 1500m, middle distance prospect, George Mills won the RPMF’s U18 category annual award at the England Athletics Hall of Fame evening in October and is further supported by the RPMF in 2017.

Other awardees include, Holly Mills (European Youth Gold – Long Jump), Imani Lansiquot (4th in World Junior and British 100m Championships), Jake Norris (European Youth Silver – Hammer and British age group record holder) and Zak Skinner (Top UK ranked T13/F13 multi-event athlete) as well as Harriet Knowles-Jones, David King, Sabrina Sinha, Amber Anning, Taylor Campbell, Ada’ora Chigbo, Khai Riley-La Borde, Dillon Labrooy and Zak Seddon to name just a few.

Of the athletes who we supported, 32% are sprinters or hurdlers, 18% middle-distance runners, 27% throwers, 14% jumpers and 9% from combined events.

Some 46% of athletes were aged 17 or under, 38% aged 18-20 years with 17% aged over 21.

Top clubs whose athletes received awards were Windsor, Slough, Eton & Harrow with 9 athletes, Birchfield Harriers 8, Cardiff, Enfield & Harringey and Shaftesbury Barnet each having 6 athlete awards. The Weir Archer Academy also received 3 awards. In total athletes from 109 clubs around the UK received awards.



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