Author: Lecky

Lizzie Williams – Wheelchair racer

Despite how the season ended, I was still able to finish the season with my best ever national rankings! Even ranking #1 for the first time in my career, and in one of my favourite distances, the 200m. During the winter off-season I worked really hard to recover and come back stronger. 

Come January this year, me and my training squad spent 10 days in Spain for a training camp which was absolutely brilliant. It was well timed that at the end of the training camp there is a half marathon (Medio Maraton Almeria) which we all entered prior to the camp. The objective of this for me was purely to see what difference the training camp had made as we were able to do lots of road training, something which I haven’t done much of prior other than pushing along the seafront. And as a track athlete, and a sprinter nonetheless, it was very different putting in so many miles but my body welcomed it and I was feeling really excited at the prospect of crossing the finish line for my first ever half marathon. As it was a local event, it’s not an event that is known by other wheelchair athletes so I knew that I would have to push the whole 13 miles on my own with nobody to work with. Despite this and the little road training I had going into this, I finished the race and crossed the line in an incredible 1 hr 1 min!! Just 11 minutes outside the world record. I was absolutely over the moon, and my coach and I realised that there is a huge potential for me to reach great success in road races as well as the track. 

Once I was back home from Spain, I had qualified and was invited to compete in the elite division of the Vitality Big Half. As this would’ve been my 2nd ever half marathon in the space of 4 weeks, it again was a matter of just getting to the finish line. Road races are a completely different ball game because each event/course is different, and for me I still have to build my confidence of propelling myself across a course that is changing in surface, gradient etc. Early into the Big Half we went through a tunnel and on the downhill I believe my speedometer recorded my top speed as 31.5mph!!! It was super scary yet exhilarating at the same time. A little further into the race and we came across sections of road which was cobbled –  they were a nightmare! I was in a pack with 2 other female racers who ultimately finished 2nd and 3rd, but once we got to the cobbles I had to stop and pull over to tighten my wheels as bouncing around on the cobbles had loosened them and they were going to fall off! If it wasn’t for that I am confident I would’ve stuck with the pack and got on the podium. Oh well, it’s all experience! And it was certainly great fun to be a part of!

So that’s kind of it for now, as the world stops to tackle Coronavirus, uncertainty lingers and myself and my training partners wander what the season will bring – if anything! But I am safe and well, training within the comfort of my own home which is the most I can do for now. I hope you too are keeping safe and well.

I do believe I had applied to you for funding towards new racing wheels, and unfortunately I haven’t reached the total needed to buy them yet. But I have your contribution ready and waiting for when I can make the purchase. And I’ll be sure to send you more updates as I go, and any photos from events. 

I have a couple action shots of me from the Vitality Big Half marathon this year, I hope you like them as much as I do!

Grants awarded in 2020

Despite everything, we were able to award grants to the following atheletes:

Triathlon

Finnian Hutchinson, Yorkshire Triathlon Academy

Struan Bennet

Track and Field

Tom Rutter, Hertford and Ware Combines

Charley O’Neill

Fell running

Bethany Millar

Finnian Hutchinson – Triathlete

Dear John Taylor foundation,

Thank you so much for the help that you so generously gave to me last year it was a great help in which I am very thankful for. Being given grants like that allows me to perform to the best of my ability and also to be able to compete with the best in the country and occasionally the world.

Last year I spent your grant on putting it towards a new
bike and also getting some new much needed trainers for racing in. these were
my race shoes for the season and being race shoes they were pretty expensive.

This allowed me to save money on the things that I needed to
compete as well and also made me be able to achieve my season goals such as
competing in two European cup races gaining multiple top ten’s in the British
super series as well a podium and an international call up to compete in the
prestigious super league jersey where I represented Great Britain to come 11th.
A very good performance in a field that included a youth Olympic medallist.

I also managed to get a top 25 in the ETU cup in Riga and
two school games medals.

Although I didn’t achieve all of my goals this season none of it would have been possible if it wasn’t for foundations such as John Taylor foundation.

Thank you so very much you have been an unbelievable help. Many thanks and kind regards,

Finnian Hutchinson

Grants awarded in 2019

We happily awarded grants to the following athletes:

Triathlon

Finnian Hutchinson, Yorkshire Triathlon Academy

Orienteering

Peter Molloy, FVO

Track and Field

Henry Carter, Spenborough AC

Deshawn Lascelles, Cambridge and Coleridge

Aran Thomas, Wakefield and District Harriers

Wheechair Racing

Lizzie Williams, Velocity Wheelchair Racing Club

Aran Thomas

We just wanted to say a huge thank you for the grant towards the purchase of a new competition javelin for our son Aran.

As you are aware the implement is specialist and very
expensive. We created a crowd funding page and have received tremendous support
in reaching the sum of £700, this along with a further £15 in personal
donations left us £200 pounds short of our target. Your kind grant has allowed
us to meet our target; and today we have placed the order for the Javelin.

We will produce a report and photographs for you when the
javelin arrives.

Thank you also for the recommendation in respect of cardiac
screening; this is something which we have, and will continue to look in
to with a view to maintaining Aran’s health.

Once again a huge thank you for your kind assistance,
interest and grant.

Kindest regards

John, Jacquie and Aran Thomas

Peter Molloy – Orienteer

Thank
you very much for supporting my recent funding application to help cover costs
for competing in the Junior World Orienteering Champs 2019 in Denmark, which I
have just returned from. 

Personally,
I had a fantastic time competing. I was going in order to gain experience of
world class racing for my future junior orienteering career, and in that way
was determined to produce solid performances that I could be proud of in all 4
disciplines. 

The
event kicked off with the sprint around a very technical housing estate in
which I placed 63rd, 89 seconds down on the winner. I was very pleased with not
only this performance but also my race in the challenging long distance the
next day where I was one of four GB male athletes to achieve a top 50 place,
coming 43rd. This was my personal highlight of the week and I will remember
that race for a long time. 

The
next event was the middle qualification, in which although I wasn’t able to
qualify due to making around 2-3 minutes of mistakes, I learnt many invaluable
lessons about how to go about racing this discipline, namely the need for a
very high level of technical accuracy! The final event was the relay, in which
I ran second leg for the men’s second team. I ran a good race with only one
mistake, which was an excellent way to cap off a fantastic week of racing not
just for myself, but also for team GB. This year’s JWOC was our nation’s most
successful ever, with 4 medals and another podium place!

Once again thank you so much for your funding, which very much made a difference to my being able to compete in the championships: a truly unforgettable experience.

Peter finishing the Sprint
In full flow
The GB Team

Martha Calton-Seal – Triathlete

Support for The John Taylor foundation was a great help during my first season in the British Triathlon Nation Super Series. My aim was to compete hard but to enjoy my first year as i wasn’t sure where i would finish in the races. I was really pleased and surprised by my races; 4th Hetton Lyon Triathlon, 5th WTS Lead Triathlon, 4th Llanelli Triathlon. I finished the season with a GB ranking of 8th overall, which was amazing, i managed to gained representative honours and compete for GB in the Triathlon Super League in Jersey. 

In November 2018 i was selected to be a member of the England ‘New Generation’ Triathlon squad. The last year has been a fantastic. Im honoured to be part of the current England Training group and the Yorkshire Triathlon Academy. Im looking forward to 2019 and the journey ahead.

The John Taylor Foundation has help make the transition from competing at regional level to National Level that little bit smoother and would like to thank everyone for their support.

Nathan Smith – Triathlon

The £100 contribution that I received from The John Taylor
Foundation meant that I could purchase a bike box and a new wetsuit to use for
training events and races abroad. This last year I have used the bike box for
the following events:

  • Quarteira ETU Junior Cup
  • Riga ETU Junior Cup
  • Tenerife training camp

The bike box has allowed me to travel further with my own
bike and meant I have been able to train on my own bike abroad in order to
improve my cycling. I took the bike box to two European Junior Cup races this
season, one at the beginning of the season (Quarteira) and one at the end of
the season. Although the races may not have gone exactly to plan, the
experience was great and I learnt a lot from these races. I would like to thank
The John Taylor Foundation for their support this season and I hope for an even
better 2019.

Nathan Smith

Grants Awarded in 2018

These are the athletes that received grants in 2018:

Track and Field

Amber Anning, Brighton and Hove AC

Francesca Sene, Basingstoke and Mid Hants AC

Elliot Moran, Exeter Harriers

Skye Wicks, HAWCS

Emily Tyrrell, Exeter Harriers

Leanza Dwaah, Enfield and Haringey AC

Lilli Carr, Keighley and Craven

Triathlon

Martha Calton-Seal, Yorkshire Triathlon Academy

Lavinia Gavaghan, Wakefield Junior Triathlon Club

Orienteering

Grace Molloy, FVO

Lucy Haines, Airienteers

Matthew Fellbaum, EUOC