Steve Cram hosts workshop for Bristol Half Marathon runners
19 May 2009
Olympic medalist, Steve Cram will be the guest speaker at a free ‘RunBristol Half Marathon’ workshop aimed at preparing people for the Bristol Half Marathon. The event takes place tonight [Tuesday 19 May] at the University's Coombe Dingle Sports Complex.
Hosted by the University of Bristol’s Sports Medicine Clinic in partnership with Bristol City Council, the event will be led by experts from the University’s Sports Medicine team and the UK endurance running coach, Nick Anderson. The workshop will focus on preparing runners by offering one-to-one sessions for sports injuries and advice on building up strength and endurance for long-distance running.
Runners are invited to arrive at the event from 6 pm, there will be an optional coach-led run from 6.30 pm to 7.30 pm, followed by a question and answer session with the guest speakers [7.30 pm to 9 pm].
Claire Callaghan, Sports Physiotherapist and Manager of the University’s Sports Medicine Clinic at the Centre for Sport, Exercise and Health, said: 'The Clinic is extremely fortunate to have such a highly regarded and successful international athlete as our guest speaker. We are really looking forward to hearing Steve's insights into training, race preparation and motivation, of which I’m sure will be inspiring for all who attend.'
Steve Cram said: 'I would like to encourage anyone planning to run the Bristol Half Marathon to come along to the workshop tonight where I’ll be pleased to answer any questions they may have. The Bristol Half Marathon is an event with its own identity and, like the Great North Run, based where I come from, in the North East; it’s an event which is really embedded in the city.
‘The event is important for the economy as well and the more it continues to grow nationally and internationally then it's something that people will start to associate with the city and the region.’
Steve has been part of the Bristol Half Marathon since he took part in a 'Legends Challenge' event in 2003. He has been a vital part of raising the profile of the event, from a small-time run with just a few thousand competitors to one of the biggest half marathons in the country. His charity Coco, which helps educate African children, remains one of the race's charities for this year's event.
The University of Bristol's Sports Medicine Clinic has been an official race partner of the Bristol Half Marathon for the last six years. The clinic, which is open to the public, provides expert physiotherapy, osteopathy and sports massage treatment to active people of all ages and abilities. It is located at two sites in Bristol, Tyndall Avenue, Clifton, and Coombe Dingle Sports Complex, Coombe Dingle.