Student physio team ready for big race

The sports massage team at Minsthorpe Community College's Adult Education Centre are taking part on the Lions Charity non-stop coast-to-coast walk, doing the physio. Tutor Ian Morgan is also doing a separate challenge from Lands End to John O'Groats. 'Pictured: Ian Morgan (*stripy top) with l/r: Nikki Kime, Lamein Coulthread, Angela Holgate, Ryan Johnson, Mark Swales,
The sports massage team at Minsthorpe Community College's Adult Education Centre are taking part on the Lions Charity non-stop coast-to-coast walk, doing the physio. Tutor Ian Morgan is also doing a separate challenge from Lands End to John O'Groats. 'Pictured: Ian Morgan (*stripy top) with l/r: Nikki Kime, Lamein Coulthread, Angela Holgate, Ryan Johnson, Mark Swales,

PHYSIOthErapy students are putting their new skills into action in a race across the length and width of Great Britain.

The sports massage therapy students at Minsthorpe Community College’s Adult Education Centre are taking on their first challenge to help raise money for Help For Heroes.

The sporting event, set up by Castleford-based company Strategic Group, will see a cycling team riding from Land’s End to John O’Groats.

They will be relay racing a team of people running from the western Welsh Coast to Flanborough Head in the east.

And split amongst them will be the Minsthorpe students who will be providing physio leg massages to the athletes to prevent any injuries.

Tutor Ian Morgan said: “It all fits into the course they are doing and helps them gain experience.

“In the race there is always one runner or cyclist on the road and they do it as a relay.

“The job of the student will be to work on the runner or cyclist that has just finished their turn in a vehicle.

“So it’s really quite an intense challenge for them, especially bearing in mind they haven’t finished their course yet.”

Mr Morgan is confident that the adult students will rise to the challenge after taking previous students on similar races.

In 2009 he took entered his pupils into a cycle race across Europe from Castleford to Munich, in Germany.

And last year another group did the physio care for a cycle race in America that spanned across more than 3,000 miles.

Mr Morgan added: “These races really raise the profile of the students. Out of the students I took to America many have set up their own businesses, and one now is the sports therapy manager for the England rugby league team.

“The cycle teams have been really impressed with the quality of the students.

“They’re all really looking forward to it - I’m confident they will do a good job.”

The students, with ages ranging from early 20s to late 30s, are set to take part in the race in the early hours of Friday, May 11.

Proceeds and sponsors from the race will go towards charity Help For Heroes.

And on Sunday Mr Morgan will be taking part in another competition and entering the British Bench Press Championships, as the current British record holder for the sport.