GCU scientists give inside track on world-famous sprint race

09 June 2014

GCU scientists give inside track on world-famous sprint race

Dr Jim Reilly gets ready to run

Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) lecturers are to explain how the human body deals with the extreme demands of the 100m race in a free public lecture to be held at the University’s city centre campus.

Dr Jim Reilly, Dr Sharron Dolan and John Irvine (all pictured) will join colleagues from across GCU in focusing on one the most popular and exciting events scheduled during this summer’s Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

The free public lecture: how to run 100 metres (in 90 minutes) will take its audience on a slow motion journey from the starting blocks to the finishing line, explaining how the body copes with the most explosive 10 seconds in sport.

The lecture, on Wednesday, 11 June, will include fun demonstrations and interactive experiments and will be hosted by a team of GCU experts in human anatomy, physiology and physiotherapy.

Dr Jim Reilly, Lecturer in Physiology and one of GCU’s Community and Public Engagement Fellows, said:

“This summer eight world-class runners will take part in a race for glory that requires astonishing dedication and superhuman effort. But how do they do it?

“The lecture is a fun-filled, accessible look at what goes into one of the world’s most famous sporting spectacles. What happens when athlete’s muscles fire and how do they push their bodies to new heights of explosiveness and speed?”

It will begin at 6pm in the Deeprose Lecture Theatre in GCU’s Govan Mbeki Building. People can register at how to run 100 metres (in 90 minutes), email biopics@gcu.ac.uk, or turn up on the night.

Dr Sharron Dolan, Senior Lecturer in Physiology and Pharmacology, said:

“There will be time after the lecture to come and meet the experts. Everyone is welcome. The only qualification you need is a curious mind.”

GCU and Glasgow 2014

To find out more about GCU and the Commonwealth Games visit GCU’s dedicated Glasgow 2014 pages.