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10k Running Study

Participants needed for Running Study

A research project at the University of Roehampton is currently looking to recruit endurance runners for a project, which is investigating the effects of rinsing the mouth with different carbohydrate solutions on 10K running performance. Recent research has reported that rinsing (but not swallowing) a carbohydrate solution activates the same area of the brain that is activated when a carbohydrate solution is actually drunk, and that cycling performance is improved. We are looking to see if running performance could also be improved by using this technique and whether there would be any differences in performance times if different concentrations of carbohydrate solutions are used.

So what will you have to do?

If you agree to take part in this study, you will be required to complete a VO2max test on a treadmill, a familiarisation trial and three 10k races preceded by a 90 min preload at 65 % VO2max, also on a treadmill, in which you rinse your mouth with either a carbohydrate solution (two different solutions) or a placebo solution. You also need to keep a food diary for 24-h before your first visit to the laboratory.

So what are the benefits of taking part in this study?

In return for participating, you will receive feedback on your fitness, VO2max and if desired, nutritional feedback. You will also get insight in how studies are done, and you would get the results of the study when it is finished.

So who are we looking for?

I am looking for male runners aged 18-50 years, with at least 2 years running experience. You will also need to currently be undertaking 2 days of endurance training a week.

Contact Information

If you are interested and would like more details please contact Lars Guren by e-mail at [email protected] or by telephone 0776 55 57615


  • HarryDHarryD Posts: 425

    Any science based reason why the upper age limit is 50? A large number of endurance athletes are over 50 so why leave out so many beneficiaries of your research? Older athletes often have more stable training regiemes and levels of fitness so eliminating variables that may otherwise obscure the results of your experiments.

    Any science based reason for having 2 days training as the lower limit? Surely this is not enough to qualify as an endurance athlete as serious detraining would be expected between such bouts of exercise - see J Olbrecht, 2000


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