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Book Launch: Endurance Performance in Sport: Psychological Theory and Interventions

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Book Launch: Endurance Performance in Sport: Psychological Theory and Interventions

Venue: Waldegrave Drawing Room, St Mary's University, Twickenham
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“My mind is making me think my legs are tired”

Endurance athletes from all levels can relate to the psychological aspects of endurance activities, whether these are thoughts around the urge to stop or slow down, concerns about pacing, managing pain and discomfort, motivation, or the emotional rollercoaster that endurance events can present.

The book ‘Endurance performance in sport: Psychological theory and interventions’ provides you with a background to the main theoretical models and covers practical strategies to use in endurance performance.

In this panel discussion, we will hear from our expert panel who will explain how these psychological aspects impact performance, as well as providing suggestions for psychological strategies to help deal with the psychological demands of endurance performance.

The content is suitable for endurance athletes (all levels, beginner and experienced), coaches, students, and researchers, and is free to attend.

During the event, there will be plenty of opportunities to engage with the expert panel, who will give practical examples of how attendees can apply the strategies to help them in their training and events.


  • 5.45-6.15pm: Drinks
  • 6.15-7.30pm: Introduction to the book and Q&A with expert panel (including book authors)
  • 7.30-8pm: Book signing and further refreshments

Workshop: Challenges of endurance and getting your nutrition right

The book launch will be preceded by a practical workshop on challenges of endurance and getting your nutrition right between 4.30-5.45pm, in an adjacent room (for up to 40 participants). Registration for the workshop is separate from the book launch.


This book launch is free to attend, but attendees will need to book their place online.


Dr Carla Meijen

Carla Meijen is a chartered sport and exercise psychologist and a senior lecturer in applied sport psychology at St Mary's University, UK. She has a keen interest in endurance performance inspired by her work providing brief mental support at running events. Carla’s research focuses on self-regulatory factors of endurance performance and implementing psychological strategies in endurance settings.  She researches and teaches in sport psychology, and works as a sport psychology practitioner.

Prof Sam Marcora

Sam is a Professor of Sports Science at the University of Kent (UK) and the University of Bologna (Italy). Sam’s research combines physiology and psychology to investigate fatigue and endurance performance. His aim is to find new ways to improve performance of endurance athletes, and reduce physical and mental fatigue in a variety of populations. His work has generated several innovative studies including the effects of mental fatigue on endurance performance and brain training for endurance athletes.

Dr Alister McCormick

Alister is a lecturer in Sport and Exercise Psychology at Plymouth Marjon University, and a chartered Sport and Exercise Psychologist. Alister’s research has focused on how psychology can be applied to help people to improve their performances in endurance events. He is passionate about translating research findings to useful information and guidance for recreational runners. Alister is a recreational runner himself, who runs 5km to half-marathons. His parkrun PB is 19:26.

Dan Robinson

Dan is an endurance coach and a doctoral student at the University of Wolverhampton working under Professor Andy Lane. His research is focused on developing psychological skills to cope with fatigue in endurance sport. He coaches a number of elite athletes, particularly in the marathon. He is also supporting England Athletics’ endurance programme in both physiology and psychology. He tries to put theory into practice and has a marathon PB of 2:29:55.

Dr Noel Brick

Noel is a lecturer in Sport and Exercise Psychology at Ulster University, Northern Ireland, and is a British Psychological Society Chartered Psychologist. His research has investigated the effects of attentional focus and cognitive strategies on endurance performance and endurance exercise adherence, particularly in runners. Noel is a competitive long-distance runner and has completed many extreme events including the Marathon des Sables in the Sahara Desert.  He has a marathon PB of 3:08:36

Dr Paul Anstiss

Paul received his PhD in Sport and Exercise Psychology from the University of Kent. His research focuses on investigating how self-efficacy beliefs are formed and altered, and how we can develop more effective interventions to change self-efficacy.

Prof Dominic Micklewright

Dominic is a Professor of Sport Psychology at the University of Essex in the UK. His research focuses on perceptual and decision-making processes associated with fatigue and performance among endurance athletes. He is a Chartered Psychologist of the British Psychological Society and a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine and the British Association of Sports and Exercise Sciences.


Event organiser

Dr Carla Meijen

Senior Lecturer - Applied Sport Psychology
020 8240 4232

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