Athletics Weekly is a proud supporter of the Ron Pickering Memorial Fund
Such is its impact, 51 British Olympians at London 2012 were helped during the early part of their career by the Fund.
The charity was formed in 1991 by Jean Pickering MBE following the death of her husband Ron Pickering OBE, the legendary BBC sport commentator and athletics coach.
Jean herself died in March 2013 but the RPMF, supported by a network of volunteers, continues to develop her legacy.
Since its inception the RPMF has raised and awarded over £1.5 million in grants to over 2000 aspiring British athletes.
“Getting support from the Ron Pickering Memorial Fund as a youngster gave me the belief that I could go out and achieve my best. It was such an uplifting feeling to know that someone out there, who I hadn’t yet met, was willing to help me on my journey. They had that small belief that I could go out there and do something.” – Christine Ohuruogu
A key source of fundraising for the RPMF is via money raised by ‘Ronners’ taking part in events such as the Virgin Money London Marathon. In 2015 Ronners raised in excess of £60,000 for the Fund through running the London Marathon alone.
Want to form part of the ‘Run4Ron’ team? Charity places for the next Virgin Money London Marathon are now available. You can apply for a place by filling in the application form available here.
See rpmf.org.uk for more on the Ron Pickering Memorial Fund.