New Grand National sponsors Randox Health have completed a week of public health programmes in partnership with Liverpool John Moores University’s School of Sport and Exercise Sciences, and the University of Liverpool’s Philip Leverhulme Equine Hospital, ahead of the main racing event.
Racing legend Franny Norton, boxing champion Derry Matthews and Olympic Athlete Matt McGovern worked alongside world-leading sport scientists, equine health experts and Randox to deliver interactive sessions and presentations to the public about the benefits of a preventive health approach in exercise and life in general.
This included Merseyside school pupils boxing with Derry Matthews, discovering the demands on jockeys through racing Franny Norton on Racewood Ltd’s horse simulator, and learning about different approaches to High Interval Training (HIT), all alongside world-class sport science support. Talks and presentations considered personalised approaches to athletic weightmaking and general healthcare and included an open tour of the Research Institute for Sport and Exercise Sciences (RISES), a source of expertise for many elite athletes and the community and currently celebrating its 20th anniversary.
A Randox Health spokesperson commented:
“This has been a fantastic start to the Randox Health Grand National week. There has been some outstanding moments with the students and we particularly want to thank Franny and Derry for their very generous support. Having athletes of their level involved throughout the whole Randox Health Week really added to the enjoyment of all who participated. This was all complemented by the afternoon sessions featuring world-leading authorities sharing insights into a host of fascinating topics. We look forward to next year.”
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