University’s role in London Marathon

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Students from the University of Northampton are supporting runners in the London Marathon today (Sunday, April 21) as they are again based in the medical tent at the finish line.

The BSc podiatry students, and senior lecturer Steve Avil, are part of a multidisciplinary group which also includes doctors, physios, nurses and members of St John Ambulance at the world-famous race.

“Supporting and helping the runners at the London Marathon has become a tradition for us at the Podiatry Clinic and it is amazing to think this is the 25th year we have attended,” Mr Avil said.

“It has been and is a unique opportunity to treat acute patients and play a role in such a prestigious and memorable sporting event. It’s great that so many students have taken up the chance to experience this over the years.”

The university’s vice chancellor, Professor Nick Petford, said: “The London Marathon is a great opportunity for our podiatry students to practice their skills in a real life situation, which enables them to enhance their CV and greatly improves their employability prospects. It’s been fantastic to have had a university presence every year for 25 years.”

Two second year podiatry students, Ben Ward and Danielle Sullivan, will also be running the race itself.

Also taking part is Senior Law Lecturer, Nicola Smithers, who is running the 26 miles in aid of PSDA, the UK’s leading veterinary charity.