Author: Lecky

Grants awarded in 2016

We were very pleased to be able to award grants to the following athletes in 2016:

Fell Running

Tom Saville, Dark Peak

Chris Richards, Helm Hill

Track and Field

Jessica Hudson, Wells City Harriers

Amber Anning, Brighton and Hove AC

Nathan Smith, City of York


Pippa Dakin, SYO

Jake Chapman, MAROC

Fiona Bunn, TVOC

Alice Rigby, CLOK and ShUOC

Charlotte Ward, HALO

Julie Emmeron, OD

Joe Woodley, ShUOC

Laura King, Airienteers


Lewis Byram, Holmfirth Harriers

Tyler Hutchinson, Yorkshire Triathlon

Jessica Hudson – Triathlete

Jessica Hudson

Jessica Hudson

I would like to thank you for the money that the John Taylor Foundation has provided me with, it is very nice to receive support. It has been a busy year as I have concentrated my efforts on preparing for my second year in Triathlon. This year I have raced in the South West TRISTAR3 series which is longer distances compared to the races I did last year in TRISTAR2. The season has gone very well and I am currently 4th in the South West and I have been selected to be part of the South West Team to compete in the National Championships in Strathclyde in September.

The money you have provided has allowed me to attend a number of training sessions and will also help me prepare for the nationals by attending the South West residential camp. I feel my confidence and determination has grown to succeed has grown whilst allowing me to have great fun with the other children in the race series. Without your support I would not have been able to undertake all these training sessions and would not have achieved what I have and for this I am most grateful.

I will update you at the end of the season to tell you how I got on at Strathclyde. My focus will then change to the swimming competition season for the winter and my training for relay swimming the English channel with 4 of my swim team mates next year.

Once again thank you for the support this year.


James Gormley – Track and Field

Firstly, I’d like to say a big thank you to the John Taylor foundation for the support. Your aid is so helpful as funding training is costly, with all the kit, travelling, physio sessions, race entry and accommodation. So far with the funding I have bought a pair of trainers and spikes.

Unfortunately in October 2015 I strained a tendon in my foot in a training session which prevented me from running for 2 months. This set back meant that I was unable to achieve the goals I wanted to this cross country season, like making the GB teams for European Cross Country championship and Great Edinburgh XC which was really disappointing and quite demoralising.

Despite the injury I was able to cross train most days. By either cycling, swimming or doing core and strengthening exercises, this has allowed me to maintain strength and fitness throughout. In late December I was able to return to training now after a month of easy running and gradually increasing my mileage, I have finally began doing sessions with my coach again, so hopefully now with help from the John Taylor Foundations generous support I can build to where I need to be to achieve the goals I want on the track this summer.

So despite the disappointing last few months I am confident that 2016 will be a successful year.

James Gormley

James Gormley

Aidan Smith – orienteer

A grant was awarded to Aidan Smith to help with the costs involved in competing at the Junior World Orienteering Championships.

As my final international as a junior this will be the last time I have the opportunity to race with the pressure of a top result on me for some time, as it will take years to reach the top of the senior age group, so I expect the benefits I can gain, both in terms of motivating results, and experience of high pressure competition, will be hard to replicate elsewhere as I move up next year into senior competition.


Track and Field grants

Grants have been made to the following track and field athletes:

William Fuller – Blackheath and Bromley

Running is a big part in my life which I been doing for nearly seven years now. I thoroughly enjoy it and I am passionate about the sport. Following the guidance of my coaches I have always planned my training. I have been taught to gradually increase my mileage in order to reduce chance of injury and keep on improving. This I have done and hope to be able to continue by sticking to this principle.
My ambitions for the future are to place highly in the European cross country trials in Liverpool and qualify for the Home Countries International. As well as place highly in Nationals, and UK Inter counties. Providing the winter goes well my aim for 2016 track season would be to complete in the Loughborough International and place highly at world junior trials over 1500m or 5000m. My ambition is to run for Great Britain or England as a junior and progress and improve my way up into the senior age group.

Jennifer Willison – Derby Athletics

A contribution towards travel and accommodation costs would enable me to participate fully in the FRA U20 Championships. This series consists of 7 races held around Yorkshire, Lancashire and the Lake District. I also take part in the National trial races for England and Great Britain.  Travelling from Derby to each race is on average a 200 mile car journey (there and back). I compete mainly in fell running; over each year the miles accumulate to a considerable amount (4,000 miles plus).

Laurie Dawkins – Taunton AC

My ultimate aim is to follow in the footsteps of great women british athletes like Jess Ennis – Hill who I have been lucky enough to train with; that experience was a massive inspiration to me, and that season I won my first Gold at English schools.

Beth Lloyd – Birchfield Harriers

The grant will let me buy the equipment I need, along with correct kit, all of this will help ensure I stay injury free and it allows me to pursue my goals for next year and my dream for the future. It would help me so much. I have increased my training to hope to become a top class athlete. My mom does everything she can to help and gives up everything for me.  All of her money is spent on my competitions, hotels, travelling from Redditch to Birmingham 5 days a week, strength and condition courses, Membership fees etc.

Laura King – Orienteering

Laura King has been awarded a grant towards her contribution towards membership of the British Orienteering Talent Squad.

I would like to thank you for my grant which I shall use to assist me in funding my British Orienteering Talent Squad membership. So far this year I have been on two extremely useful training and coaching weekends in Lincoln and in Dorking, each with a different focus. The first focus being planning for the season ahead and also the provision of sport science support for orienteering. This involved various strength and conditioning sessions including an introduction to Plyometrics and various talks about dealing with injuries and the psychological side of competing. The second was on analysis of the fundamentals skills and working on their development. Despite being recently injured I have managed to apply what I have learnt to my training over winter and am now beginning to build it up before the competition season. I am about to go on my third BOF talent camp this weekend at near Blencathra where I hope to further improve my technical skills so I am well prepared for the season to come.