Two Olympic greats, Haile Gebrselassie and cyclist Sir Chris Hoy, will head to the north east later this year to participate in the International Sport and Exercise Nutrition Conference. The event, which runs from 16 to 18 December, will be staged Northumbria University in Newcastle.
The conference will also mark the official launch of the Sub2hr Project, an international research initiative aimed at helping an athlete to run a 1:59:59 marathon. Double Olympic champion and former marathon world record holder Gebrselassie will participate in a debate about how the feat can be achieved.
Dennis Kimetto’s time of 2:02:57, set at the Berlin Marathon, has provoked much discussion on the subject and there is a belief that the feat isn’t too far away. The team behind the Sub2hr Project believe that it can be achieved within five years, given the right approach. The project is led by Professor Yannis Pitsiladis (Director of SESAME at the University of Brighton), and the debate will be chaired by Professor Ron Maughan who will be joined by experts on training and diet, along with Haile Gebrselassie.
Six time Olympic gold medal winner Sir Chris Hoy will appear at ISENC14 on Tuesday 16 December. Sir Chris will take part in a round table sports and nutrition discussion, and answer questions from conference delegates, in an evening session in association with Science in Sport.
Places for the event can be booked here.