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Prince Harry thanks UEL students for their efforts at London Marathon

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Prince Harry thanks UEL students for their efforts at London Marathon

Physiotherapy students from the University of East London (UEL) received some royal approval as they tended to weary runners at Sunday’s London Marathon.

The students were working at the finish line in The Mall when they were joined by Prince Harry, who was attending the event as patron of the London Marathon Charitable Trust.

The prince thanked the students for all their efforts before posing for a group photo. 

“It was a great honour to have the opportunity to meet his Royal Highness Prince Harry,” said Liz Nicholls, Programme Leader of the BSc Physiotherapy course. 

“In fact, it was a great day all round. It was really busy as always on the finish line but an excellent learning opportunity for our final-year students. 

“It was such an honour to be able to look after the runners at the end of their fantastic effort – including one UEL graduate, Emma Dunphy, who had volunteered on the finish line with us in previous years.”

Under Liz’s supervision, UEL physiotherapy students have been supporting runners at the London Marathon for the last six years, providing a valuable service for those taking part and gaining valuable hands-on experience of a mass-participation event.

“It’s such a wonderful event and the organisers make us feel very much part of the team,” said Liz. “For the students, it is a challenging but rewarding experience to be part of such an expert medical team and have the opportunity to interact with the many thousands of runners crossing the finish line.”

Students studying on UEL’s BSc Sports Therapy programme are also regulars at the marathon, and this year they were on hand to support athletes running to raise funds for Barnardo’s, Bliss, Cardiomyopathy, and the ABF Soldiers Charity.

Michael Cole, Programme Leader for Sports Therapy, said, “Working at the largest sporting event in the world is incredible for our students as they get real experience giving runners post-race recovery advice and soft-tissue therapy and get to be part of an unforgettable day.

“We’re proud to have supported four charities this year, including the eighth year in succession for Barnardo’s.”