Horwill Research Scholarship 2020

BMC Horwill Research Scholarship

Application Form 2020

The BMC Horwill Scholarship was established in 2008 and the aim of it is to help the British Milers’ Club progress middle distance running. The BMC aims to support coaches who train athletes, and one way in which we do this is to present the latest research to them. In order to be proactive in this area, we have established this scholarship.

We wish to encourage original and innovative pieces of research into middle distance and endurance running and we are offering a scholarship to help at least one individual pursue a selected topic or area.

In order to apply for the scholarship you will need to complete the application form and return it to us by 31st Dec, 2019. The applications are then assessed by the BMC and shortlisted candidates will be invited to a short interview to discuss their research proposal.

Successful candidates will then be offered a scholarship up to a maximum value of £2000. Once the funds are awarded you will be expected to conduct your research and present your findings to us. You will also be expected to write articles for our magazine and website.

Frank Horwill MBE
The late Frank Horwill MBE was the founding member of the BMC in 1963. As well as working tirelessly for the Club, Frank became extremely well known for his work on research and collating research from around the world on middle-distance and endurance running. In order to safeguard his tradition, this scholarship has been established

“I was greatly surprised and honoured to have this BMC research project linked to my name. Over the past sixty years most of the research conducted into endurance running and its allied subjects has been from Sweden, the Soviet Union, USA and Germany. Much of this has been conducted on PE students and not established runners for convenience sake. These research projects are to be conducted on athletes who have aspirations and this will give the results added credibility. It is hoped that this BMC project will continue in its format and encourage others to join the ranks of Astrand, Gerschler, Costill, Daniels and Noakes.”

Frank Horwill MBE, 2008

The British Milers’ Club
The British Milers’ Club is a specialist middle-distance running club, which caters for endurance athletes and coaches across the UK. We currently have around 5000 members. To become a member you have to be able to run a qualifying time, therefore membership is selective. We are a performance club and the majority of members are current athletes who are striving to improve their race times and become better racers. The BMC is a major competition provider in the UK. For details of our competition programme visit our website.

As well as competition for athletes, the BMC has also taken the needs of coaches very seriously. We believe that better coaches will make better athletes and we also believe that coaches need to be offered the findings of high quality research.

The BMC is run almost entirely by volunteers.

The Research Scholarship
The Scholarship Award for 2020 will be up to £2000. The award will be paid in stages – some at the beginning, middle and end. Once the award has been made you will be expected to sign a contract to conduct the research and present the findings to the BMC. The BMC will then part-own the research with the researcher and it will be made available to all BMC members.

Once the research is complete, the researcher will be expected to present their findings to a BMC seminar/conference. On completion you will be awarded a commemorative medallion.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact Paul Hayes on 024 76 464010

Send all completed applications to hayespaul43@yahoo.co.uk or send it to

The closing date for applications is 31st Dec, 2019. We look forward to receiving your application.

Application Form
The application form for the 2020 BMC Horwill Research Scholarship can be downloaded Here

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