Cardiff Metropolitan University Teams Up With Modern University for Business and Science in Marathon Challenge

​04/08/2017

​From left to right: Matt Scott, Kiera Davies, James Thie, Alice Hunter, Oisin Murphy & Claudia Papi. 

​Cardiff Met students are teaming up with partner university Modern University for Business and Science (MUBS) to take on a series of running challenges, starting with this weekend's 5km Cardiff Parkrun.

It will be Cardiff students flying the flag this weekend before the Beirut runners fly to Cardiff in the Autumn to run alongside five Cardiff Met students. Conversely, the Welsh students will travel to Beirut in November to take part in the city's marathon.

Students Alice Hunter, Claudia Papi, Oisin Murphy, Matt Scott, Keira Davies and Rachel Hunter have been selected by Cardiff Met to run this weekend as well as the Cardiff 10km challenge on  September 3 - but both of these will just be warm-ups.

On October 1, they will be joined by their Beirut counterparts to run the Cardiff Half Marathon, before travelling to Lebanon on November 12 to compete in the Beirut International Marathon.

Alice Hunter, MSc Sport Coaching and Pedagogy student, has never run a marathon before. But it is not her first time fundraising for Macmillan.

She explained: "After my partner's father and mother were diagnosed with cancer, I fundraised through swimathons and cake sales, but now I want to run! Fingers crossed, we can raise lots of money at the same time. They've provided our families with so much support already and they do that for so many people."

Claudia Papi is studying BA (Hons) English Language Teaching and Education and to take part in order to meet new people and to test her limits.

She said: "This experience represents a big challenge which I am sure will bring lots of benefits, both physical and mental. Running has helped me a lot, it maintains my balance and clears my mind."

Matthew Scott, BSc (Hons) Sport Conditioning, Rehabilitation & Massage student, wants to run to push himself outside his comfort zone, just like Keira Davies and Oisin Murphy, both studying BSc (Hons) Sport Performance analysis.

Oisin said: "Having never really competed competitively at any individual sports, I think this is the perfect opportunity for me to succeed at something that is in my own hands."

All five marathoners will be coached by James Thie, Cardiff Met Performance Director for Athletics. Two-Time Commonwealth Games athlete, Treble Master Champion, GB Athletics Selector and UKA Official International Coach, James has more than what it takes to help the runners through the process – like he did for first time runners on the popular BBC Wales programme Alfie's Angels with former rugby star Gareth 'Alfie' Thomas.