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Five Endurance Performance and Coaching Centre (EPACC) athletes and alumni from St Mary’s were selected to represent their country at the 2019 World Athletics Championships in Doha, Qatar.

The University has also supported a number of other athletes who were selected to compete at the games. Botswana’s Nijel Amos, who won Silver in the Men’s 800m at London 2012, was joined at St Mary’s by fellow Oregon Track Club athletes from Team China as part of their preparations for Doha. Also found training at St Mary's was Tish Jones, a Team GB Marathon Runner. Tish undertook heat training in the University’s Human Performance Laboratory. 


  • Elliot Giles (Great Britain)
    Men’s 800m
  • Anna Møller (Denmark)
    Women’s 3000m SC and Women's 5000m
  • Charlotte Purdue (Great Britain)
    Women's Marathon
  • Steph Twell (Great Britain)
    Women's 10000m
  • Jake Wightman (Great Britain)
    Men’s 1500m

In the media

BBC NEWS: GB duo cool with midnight marathons & air-con stadium

Charlotte Purdue has been pounding a laboratory treadmill in 36C heat for the past month. The 28-year-old told BBC Sport she had performed 10 sessions of up to 90 minutes each at the physiology department of St Mary's University. Read the full article...

ATHLETICS WEEKLY: Charlotte Purdue’s preparations for humid midnight marathon

The British marathon champion has been running in heat chambers and out in Dubai to get ready for the IAAF World Championships in Doha. Read the full article...