As training gets underway for the Perkins Great Eastern Run, amateur runner LUKE BORLEY bemoans Christmas, the weather and his own resolve – but finds salvation somewhere in Hampton…
When I decided to take part in the 2014 Perkins Great Eastern Run – inspired by attending last year’s race – I did so with boundless enthusiasm. It was largely about the training, of course – an early New Year’s resolution to get fit and be more active. And you could say I hit the ground running. I started my new regime immediately, and with vigour. Then I was hit by two challenges that were two prove infinitely more daunting than the prospect of running 21.097494 kilometres: Christmas, and the weather.
I know you can run in rain, but there’s the slipping, the sliding – at times this year, the wading – and I don’t want to think about the chafing
I love Christmas. And that’s the problem. I basically gave in to every temptation (that’s sort of the point of Christmas, isn’t it?). Then, after the festive period, we faced downpour after downpour. Much as I appreciate the advantages of nature’s gym (ie the outdoors) it has its downside. Yes, I know you can run in rain, but there’s the slipping, the sliding – at times this year, the wading – and I don’t want to think about the chafing. Even the athlete’s ethos ‘no pain no gain’ has its limits.
After this hiatus, I resolved to try out the new Vivacity Premier Fitness gym at Hampton (no rain inside – guaranteed) and restart the regime with renewed vigour. And its state-of-the-art fitness facilities are impressive indeed. But the other key advantage this has – and another key reason for checking it out – is its rather unique physio and sports injury services. There’s even an on-site doctor who can diagnose and prescribe, if need be.
‘We came up with the concept of fast referral between clinicians – doctor to physio, physio to dietitian – because in the professional sporting world you can do that; in the NHS it’s not so easy…’
‘Dr David Holmes, who is my business partner, is the associate doctor at Peterborough United,’ says Peter Corder, physio at the Physiotherapy and Sports Injury Centre. ‘I was physiotherapist at Peterborough United, too. Basically, we came up with the concept of fast referral between clinicians – doctor to physio, physio to dietitian – because in the professional sporting world you can do that, but within the NHS it’s not so easy. So David is… [cont]
Staying in the running: sports physio at Vivacity Premier Fitness gym, Hampton 1 2