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3 Dec 2014

Running research needs YOU!

Two PhD students, Andrew Shaw and Kate Spilsbury, are currently doing a joint studentship between Loughborough University and the English Institute of Sport (EIS) and are looking for athletes to take part in their research, which will help inform strategies used by Britain’s top athletes.

Part of an innovative partnership between the EIS and British Athletics, Project Pinnacle, these two studies will answer performance questions over the coming few months around endurance running.

Participants will get access to EIS expertise and can use the training opportunities as part of your winter programme, as well as accessing the lab and insight that Britain’s top athletes do.

Not only that, the studies are supported by British Athletics partners Nike, Polar and Training Peaks – with some support offered to participants.

The two studies are:


Enhance your running economy

The EIS is offering a unique winter training programme specifically designed to enhance race performance.

You will be invited to EIS world class performance laboratories to perform individualised training sessions, in addition to receiving in depth analysis and feedback about your physiology from EIS experts working with the British Athletics endurance programme.

Participants required are talented male distance runners, competing in race distances of 800m up to marathon, with at least one year’s training behind them, who can use these lab sessions over an 11 week period as part of their winter training.

EIS High Performance Labs in Loughborough and Manchester will be used and as well as the insight and advice on offer, travel expenses will be made available.

Please contact Andrew Shaw for more information.


Maximise your race day performance

The EIS are providing athletes with the chance to identify the best individualised tapering strategy to use ahead of competition.

Through monitoring your usual training through a training watch and system on offer to participants, two different types of tapering programme will then be used followed by an indoor 1500m test, to identify the best strategy for you.

Participants required are 18-30 year old male athletes, with at least two years training history and a regular volume of training for 6-8 weeks before taking part.

The study is looking for athletes at around sub 4 minutes for 1500m or sub 2 minutes for 800m (although times outside of this will be considered). As well as the insight and advice on offer, other incentives will be made available.

Please contact Kate Spilsbury for more information.


EIS PhD studentships are identified each year to further understand performance questions. If you are interested in finding out more about these partnerships please visit the EIS research page here.