Students Staff

29 December 2015

Run your best race at the Colchester Half Marathon 2016

Filed under: Latest news — Tags: , , — ckeitch @ 5:47 pm
Runners in the 2013 event

Runners taking part in the Colchester Half Marathon

For the third year in a row, the University of Essex is delighted to be sponsoring the Colchester Half Marathon. This year our Human Performance Unit (HPU) is offering a free Run Endurance Test and Body Composition Assessment, worth £160, to one lucky entrant of the race, which is taking place on Sunday 13 March 2016.

The endurance test is suitable for anyone, whether the Colchester Half Marathon is your first event or if you’re an elite athlete.  The aim is to build a detailed picture of your fitness which will help our experts plan your training and help you achieve your best on race day. The test will start off at a low intensity and slowly build the speed in stages, as we measure your heart rate, oxygen uptake and blood lactate. The results provide the HPU Sport Scientists with the opportunity to assess your physiological responses to increasing intensities, identifying important thresholds and determining training zones to ensure you make the most of every training session.

Our Human Performance Unit has looked after the needs of athletes for over ten years and worked with Olympians, Paralympian’s, professional tennis and squash players, elite boxers, professional football teams and numerous endurance athletes.  This could be your chance to add your name to that elite list.

All entrants will receive an email from the race organisers telling them how to enter the competition. The winner will be required to attend the Human Performance Unit on either Thursday 14 or Friday 15 January 2016.

If you aren’t lucky enough to win a free place, anyone can book their own Run Endurance test at the Human Performance Unit.  Make sure you take a look at their website for more details, or contact them on

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18 December 2015

Sports scientists help Essex stars of the future

Filed under: Latest news, Research impact, Sport — Tags: , — Communications Office @ 3:32 pm

Human Performance UnitBudding sports stars of the future are being supported by our Human Performance Unit (HPU) as part of the Active Essex 2016 Inspired Athletes initiative.

A total of 25 inspiring athletes from across Essex have been successful in their applications for funding from Active Essex, Essex County Council and Southend-on-Sea Borough Council. This funding will be pivotal in helping them to develop and enhance their sporting potential.

Active Essex will be working in partnership with the HPU at our Colchester Campus to ensure the athletes have access to discounted services which can help maximise their sporting potential.

The range of sports covered by the athletes include gymnastics, canoeing, wheelchair racing, athletics, sailing and squash.

The HPU prides itself as a one-stop shop offering a wide and specialist selection of services for athletes of all abilities looking to maximise their performance, including physiological support, performance nutrition, biomechanical and performance psychology support.

HPU manager Chris McManus said: “We want to work with and support the best athletes in the region. We already work with a wide range of sports men and woman and this is a real opportunity for us to work with aspiring athletes of tomorrow and it will help bridge the gap between performance and sports science.

“The wide range of the sports that we can support just goes to show we are able to adapt and provide bespoke services for a wide range of sports.”


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