UEL students thanked by Prince William and Kate for treating runners at London Marathon
Hundreds of marathon runners helped by physiotherapy and sports therapy students
University of East London (UEL) students received some royal thanks for their contribution to Sunday’s Virgin Money London Marathon.
Seven final-year physiotherapy students were greeted by HRH Prince William and wife Katherine at the finish line in The Mall, where the students were using their healing hands to ease the pain of weary runners.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry were attending the race as patrons of The Heads Together campaign – the official charity of the 2017 event.
Under Liz’s supervision, UEL physiotherapy students have been supporting runners at the London Marathon for the last seven years, providing an important service for those taking part and gaining valuable hands-on experience of a mass-participation event.
UEL sports therapy students were also involved in Sunday’s event, working with charities such as Oxfam and Barnardo’s to provide massage and support for their fund-raising runners along the 26-mile route.
Michael Cole, programme leader for the BSc Sports Therapy course at UEL, said, “Over 300 runners in total passed through our students’ hands, experiencing helpful recovery sports massage and recovery advice.