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11 marathons, 11 days: How a student-led clinic helped runner achieve the unthinkable

A student-led service has been assisting runner Phoebe Gawthorpe to succeed in completing an incredible 11 marathons in 11 days. Phoebe has completed this huge feat to raise money for charity, in memory of her late grandad and for her dad who has been diagnosed with cancer.

After initially setting the target of £700, she has now raised over a staggering £7000 and this is still climbing. The last marathon was last weekend, at the Rob Burrows Leeds Marathon on Sunday 14 May 2023.

Assisting behind the scenes with rehabilitation is the student-led team at the newly established Health, Injury and Performance Hub (HIP Hub) at the University of Hull. This clinic offers affordable injury management to the University and local community, with support being given to Phoebe to help her along with her challenging feat.

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Speaking on her Facebook page, which she has used to document her experience, Phoebe said: “In absolute awe of the team from HIP Hub. I quite literally couldn’t have gotten through this without them.

“Prehab, rehab, recovery and friendly words of motivation and encouragement – what a dream team! Student-led rehab is something else!”

The HIP Hub has been open for a year and is proving to have an incredible impact on patients' recovery and performance, as well as the students who are running the clinic. It’s fully accredited and is a great place for students to learn.

Joanna Snook is the HIP Hub manager, and with the support of the Sports Rehabilitation academic team, supervises and assists the University of Hull students with conducting the appointments. Since setting up the clinic, they have worked with elite athletes, sports clubs, local sports teams, sporting and commercial organisations and people suffering from injury.

Joanna explains how it works: “We pride ourselves on high standards of evidence-based, patient-centred care.

“Our Sport Rehabilitation students lead the process of assessment, diagnosis, treatment and exercise rehabilitation to get patients back to full working order.

The clinic was created to offer invaluable placement experience to our students, provide an affordable injury management service to the community, and support athletes like Phoebe.

Joanna Snook

The HIP Hub offers services such as injury assessment, diagnosis, exercise rehabilitation, sports massage, and more. The students are supported and supervised by qualified clinicians and the hub is open to all members of the local community, staff and students.

It’s located in the Washburn building at the University of Hull campus and you can learn more about the clinic or book an appointment here. To read more about Phoebe’s challenge and to donate, you can visit her JustGiving page here.

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