Press Release

11 March 2014

Canterbury Christ Church University Instructor and PhD student, Philip Hurst, has received national recognition after being awarded the Masters Dissertation of the Year for his research into the effects of caffeine on 1000m running performance.

Philip’s research, which he conducted whilst studying at the University of Sunderland, investigated the effects of performance enhancing supplements on 15 male competitive endurance runners in competitive time trial performance.

Philip Hurst
Philip Hurst

Those participants who were given the caffeine based drink showed a 1.7 per cent improvement in their performance.

The research, which Philip produced, has now been awarded the Masters Dissertation of the Year Award from the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES). Established in 2010, this award is given annually for an outstanding sport and/or exercise sciences dissertation made by a BASES member. Applications are reviewed and judged on scientific merit, methodological rigour and standard of presentation.

The prize is an expenses paid oral presentation at the BASES Annual Conference in Portsmouth.

Philip said: “It’s brilliant to have your work recognised by your own national organisation. I worked on it solidly last year to achieve my Masters and when awards come along like this it really does make it worthwhile.

As a competitive 3,000km runner himself Philip, 23, from Newcastle, who also won a bronze medal at the UK Indoor Championships last year and competed in the British Athletics Grand Prix 3,000m event against London 2012 double Olympic Gold Champion Mo Farah, developed an interest in products on the market which claimed they could enhance performance and he wanted to take this research further.

Philip said: “I am hoping to take my research further over the next few years and Canterbury Christ Church University have given me a great opportunity to do this through a four-year PhD. It’s the first time I have been away from the North East, and the Sport Science, Tourism and Leisure Department have made it an easy transition. I am looking forward to the challenges that lie ahead”

Professor Mike Weed, Acting Head of the Department of Sport Science, Tourism and Leisure at Canterbury Christ Church University, said: “Philip has been an excellent addition to the department, and this award is a great kick-start to his PhD studies, which will make an important contribution to our Human Performance research theme.

“Philip’s work is also a prime example of the quality of research that underpins the scientific services the department offers to sports people in Kent through its SportsLab unit. We look forward to supporting Philip to develop this work further over the next few years.”

Notes to Editor

Canterbury Christ Church University

Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern university with a particular strength in higher education for the public services.

With nearly 20,000 students across Kent and Medway, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional subject areas.

  • 94% of our most recent UK graduates were in employment or further studies six months after completing their studies*.
  • We are the number one choice for local people looking to study at university in Kent (2013 UCAS).
  • We are one of the South East’s largest providers of education, training and skills leading to public service careers.

*2011/12 Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey

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