BCOM students were at hand to provide post-race care to exhausted runners after the Virgin Money London Marathon on Sunday 26 April.
Thirteen osteopathy students were spread across three sites around the capital providing post-race treatment to runners for the charities Bliss, Breakthrough Breast Cancer & Breast Cancer Campaign and Arthritis Research UK.
BCOM’s Registered Osteopaths who supervised the treatments were Shireen Ismail, Claire Slater, Poonam Shah and Head of Osteopathy at BCOM, Mr Manoj Mehta.
Manoj said: “The London Marathon has been a great experience for our students who provided post-race care to 60 marathon runners for the four charities. They all had a wonderful time and the runners were extremely grateful to be offered treatment immediately after the race to aid their recovery.”
The charity Arthritis Research UK said: “We would like to thank the volunteer students from BCOM who came out to offer soft-tissue treatments to our worthy 2015 Virgin Money London Marathon Team A runners. Each year the level of service is amazing and our runners gratefully appreciate the treatment after a gruelling 26.2 miles. Arthritis Research UK aim to raise over £120,000 from the 2015 London Marathon to help the millions of people living with the pain of arthritis in the UK. Thank you for being a part of this journey.”
Third year student Tom Nottingham was part of the team treating runners for Arthritis Research UK. He said: “It was thoroughly inspiring to hear first-hand accounts of runners suffering with arthritis and an experience that I'll never forget.”
Tom completed the Marathon himself in 2013, running for the Type 1 diabetes charity JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation). He knows all too well how the competitors feel after running for such a long distance. “It was probably one of the toughest mental and physically demanding races I've ever attempted. It was a really gruelling run but the atmosphere around the course is incredible, and having thousands of supporters cheering you on along really helps you through the difficult moments.”
This year’s event was the 35th edition of the race and the biggest yet with more than 37,500 runners completing the gruelling 26.2-mile journey from Blackheath to Westminster.
BCOM’s teaching faculty has a wide range of experience in osteopathic sports care, treating athletes at the London Olympics, runners at the London Marathon and cyclists at Ride London. BCOM launched its Specialist Sports Clinic in May 2015.
“We would like to thank the volunteer students from BCOM who came out to offer soft-tissue treatments to our worthy runners."
Arthritis Research UK