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Current students and graduates’ impeccable performance supports Cardiff Half Marathon

19 October 2009

The winner of the race Simon Lawson receiving a well earned massage.

The winner of the race Simon Lawson receiving a well earned massage.

One of the Half Marathon finishers taking advantage of an outdoor massage.

One of the Half Marathon finishers taking advantage of an outdoor massage.

Approximately 60 Physiotherapy students and new graduates from SOHCS provided a volunteer massage service for runners in the Cardiff Half Marathon on Sunday 18th October. Some 11,000 runners took part in the race, ranging from elite level to fun runners, many taking part for charity. The leading charitable organisation hosting the event was Barnardos and the volunteer team split into a bespoke service for the 500 Team Barnardos runners then a general service for the other 10,500!! The team helped hundreds of runners during the 5 hours, giving all the volunteers very valuable hands on experience of working in this sort of environment, as well as being a fantastic advert for the quality of support and professionalism that physiotherapists can provide.

The winner of the race was Simon Lawson. Simon is a medical student at Cardiff University, making the support provided by fellow students and new graduates a great example of interprofessional learning!

Thanks to all the volunteers, students, new graduates and of course the academic staff who came along to supervise as well as help out with the massages. This is hopefully the start of a long term relationship with the event through Barnardos and the Welsh Assembly Government Major Events Unit. It is part of continuing innovation and engagement activity aiming to provide Continuous Professional Development opportunities for students and alumni as well as giving support to the local community.