Dear Participant,

We hope your training is progressing well! We would like to send you a gentle reminder about the opportunity to participate in cutting edge Sports and Exercise Medicine research at the marathon to find out more about the physiological impact of endurance sports. We are recruiting runners at the 2020 Brighton Marathon to assess the effects of core body temperature changes on key body functions during and after marathon running (STUDY 1). We are also separately running a short email questionnaire (STUDY 2).

We would be delighted if you would consider taking part in one of these important areas of research. They have all been reviewed and approved by an appropriate Ethical Research Committee and will be conducted by a team of qualified and experienced medical and academic researchers. The studies are listed below. If you are interested in taking part, please email the study coordinator listed.

STUDY 1: Temperature Change and Marathon Running. The study involves several elements that can include completing a treadmill running assessment at the University of Brighton in March, swallowing a pill that will monitor your core temperature during the race and providing blood samples before and after the race. If your predicted marathon time is less than 4 hours 15 minutes and you would like more information about the project and details of how to sign up, then please email Dr Alan Richardson ([email protected]).


STUDY 2: Questionnaire-Based Studies. Research teams from Imperial College London, University College London and Bath University are investigating the relationship between training and injury/illness; and between carbohydrate intake and nausea during training and the marathon itself. These questionnaires will be sent to all runners by email a week or two before the marathon. If you would like more details beforehand please contact Dr David Eastwood ([email protected]).


Thank you very much for taking the time to read this and for your consideration, please be assured that participation is entirely voluntary and you can withdraw at any time.

­­­­­Kind regards,

The Brighton Marathon Research Group