Name; Anna Marshall
Course: 2nd Year MSc Sports & Exercise Medicine
2017 - Ran 200 miles for HOSPICE UK raising £5000
London Marathon: 3hrs 28mins
2017 Age Group Qualifier for World Marathon Majors
2017 Completion of London Classics (London Marathon, Ride London, Swim Serpentine)
2018 Age Group Qualifier for World Marathon Majors
2018 European Triathlon Championships – GB Age Group Team, finishing 24th female.
2019 – Qualifying times for European and World Triathlon Championships
BUCS triathlon Championships
Ambitions: TOP 4 in age group BUCS and National Championships. Compete at the World Championships.
Bio: I am a doctor who is specialising in sports, exercise and expedition medicine. I am studying MSc Sports and Exercise Medicine at UCL. I took the opportunity to conduct my MSc research project looking at nutritional supplementation and human performance at altitude. I joined the Royal Air Force for their centenary expedition – Himalayan Venture 2018 as a researcher and medical lead (see photo above).
I have always been passionate about sport and a life dream was to run the London Marathon. Due to injury (MCL tear in my knee) I had to defer my place from 2016 to 2017. I used the deferral year as an opportunity to gather momentum to run further and do more fundraising. Pledging to run 200 miles changed my life, I became quicker and quicker, realising my talent and potential.
In May 2017 I wanted to embark on a new challenge - triathlon. I bought my first road bike and competed in my first standard distance triathlon at Leeds Castle June 2017. In my next standard distance triathlon, I qualified for the GB Age Group Team for the European Championships. The rest is history.
I feel privileged to be part of the UCL Elite Athlete programme. On my course we learn about performance, optimising training, reducing injury and nutrition. It has been amazing to be given this support from Team UCL (nutritional, physiotherapy and strength and conditioning). I am enjoying putting the support and my MSc into practice and experiencing being on the other side as the athlete. I look forwards to a great year in Team UCL.