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Centre for Risk Research

Marathon Success for Alasdair Marshall

Published: 14 May 2015

Dr Alasdair Marshall, a Lecturer in the Centre for Risk Research, successfully completed Southampton's half marathon event on 26th April 2015. He finished 8th on the day, in a field of around 5000 runners. When not teaching and researching risk management, Alasdair Marshall is a keen runner at distances of 5k up to ultramarathon. Alasdair started running five years ago while in his early 40s. Since then he has become increasingly competitive. Alasdair says that many of his best ideas for risk management research first occur to him when pounding the pavements during long training runs each week. He also observes that running can be a great source of inspiration for teaching. For example, the contention that highly cushioned running shoes can cause more injuries than thinner and less well protected 'minimalist' shoes is well worth considering in risk psychology classes. In lectures which consider why risks vary with objectives, it can be well worth considering that the risks of running to complete a distance, and the risks of racing that distance at the limit of endurance, can be very different!

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