Dedicated Sports Massage Students from Cheshire College – South & West’s Crewe Campus braced the fog in Knutsford in r support of the 600 runners taking part in the RunThrough Tatton Park 10k run.
An outstanding 57 treatments took place during the event with students treating participants as early as 7am for a pre-run warm up. As the first runners began to cross the finish line, post-race massages were in high demand. Legwork was the favoured request of the day, involving deep tissue massage to aid recovery and fatigue.
Fiona Notman, Lecturer in Complementary and Sports Massage Therapy at Cheshire College – South & West commented: “The students worked really hard during the event, performing over 10 massages each and aiding the runner’s recovery. It’s been invaluable experience for them and has enabled them to provide evidence towards the completion of their qualification. It’s also given them confidence in their practical abilities within a realistic sporting environment.”
The five students in attendance on the day are currently studying VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Sports Massage Therapy and are hoping to subsequently progress to level 4 following completion. “It was a busy morning attending to the athletes but equally a really enjoyable day. It’s been a great experience for us and was lovely to meet so many grateful runners, many of whom had raised lots of money for charity, so a truly worthy event.” said Sports Massage Therapy student Christopher Johnson, aged 31, from Winsford.
Fiona went on to say: “I’m really proud of how the students conducted themselves at the event and their performance. We’re honoured to have been invited back again and will be working alongside the organisers in other events throughout the year, including monthly events at RunThrough Tatton Park and the Cheshire 10K at Arley Hall, so there are plenty of opportunities for the students to get some great hands on experience.”
Runners praised the students following their treatments with some queuing for more than half an hour to gain a treatment, having experienced their exemplary skills pre-event. One runner said, “Wow, I can’t believe how much better I feel” and subsequently asked the College students back to assist with the Knutsford 24-hour Tennisathon in June.
Rob Jowett, RunThrough Tatton Park 10k Event Organiser commented: “The students did a fantastic job on the day. They were really enthusiastic and worked tremendously hard throughout the event. It was non-stop, I didn’t even get a look in, it was so busy. They were a true credit to the College.
“Thank you to Cheshire College – South & West and to Fiona for organising their attendance and for promising to return next time, as well as support us at other events throughout the year. We look forward to seeing you then.”
For more information on studying Sports Massage Therapy at Cheshire College – South & West, or for details on how to enrol on the Level 3 and Level 4 courses available in September, visit ccsw.ac.uk or call the College hotline on 01270 654654.