Big cash prizes for BMC races

Major championships qualifying event in Tooting nets big prize fund

Herne Hill Harriers has announced a significant sponsorship deal to support its British Milers Club (BMC) event at Tooting Bec Athletics Track on 26 July 2023.

As well as carrying a UK Athletics Level 2 licence – which ensures performances can count for qualifying times for major championships – the event will have one of the biggest-ever BMC prize pots, courtesy of leading financial technology firm MarketAxess.

Prizes for each of the 800m, 1500m and 5000m events, men and women, are:

£600, £300, £100 for the fastest three times.

£50 for the fastest U20 (can be an U17 if quicker than U20).

£100 for the fastest British finisher. 

A shared £1100 for the lead performance in each event/gender that achieves UK 10 target times (Power of 10). 800m – 1.47/2.01.5; 1500m – 3.38/4.08; 5000m – 13.35/15.30. If more than one person in a race runs these times only the first person will win the bonus.

Individuals can receive more than one prize.

The sponsorship deal follows last year’s hugely successful BMC meeting in Tooting, which saw two sub-4-minute miles by Hobbs Kessler and Eric Avila (both United States – pictured above) and a sub-2-minute women’s 800m by Taryn Rawlings (United States).

This year’s event promises to be similarly entertaining and spectators are encouraged to attend, free of charge. 

Keith Newton, Meeting Organiser for Herne Hill Harriers, said: “High-quality athletics has long been a feature of Herne Hill Harriers and our track at Tooting. Last year’s BMC meeting saw an influx of elite athletes from around the world, which added a touch of glamour to our newly resurfaced track. The mix of grassroots sports, community participation and the aspirational – both in terms of the elite athletes Herne Hill Harriers produces and those who attend our events – is the perfect reflection of what the club stands for. We hope that this year’s BMC event, its major championships qualifying status and the generous support of our sponsors will help to attract a top-class field.”

Toby West, Global Head of Marketing at MarketAxess, said: “We’re delighted to be able to help raise the profile of this Tooting BMC event, and of the Herne Hill Harriers and their community impact. We hope our sponsorship will help to encourage participation in both the event and in athletics more broadly, and we’re looking forward to a great night of athletic competition in South London.

Tim Brennan, Chairman of British Milers Club, said: “It was great to see elite athletics at last year’s Tooting BMC. As an organisation, British Milers Club seeks to support the development of athletics in the UK. Sponsorship is an important part of this and we are pleased that MarketAxess is helping to fund this event.”

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About MarketAxess:

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