David Rankin, Trust Physiotherapist, returns to competitive running after 20 years to raise awareness of osteoporosis
01 November 2019

Trust physio, David Rankin, has just embarked on a grueling and punishing six months training regime to be in tip-top condition to participate in the 2020 London Marathon to raise awareness of osteoporosis. 

Osteoporosis is a bone condition where, through lifestyle choices, lack of physical activity or simply by getting older, patients experience the weakening of bones leading to fractures and breakages of wrists, hips and vertebrae, amongst things. The condition effects over 3 million people in the UK and more than 500,000 people receive hospital treatment annually as a result.

David who has four boys: Edward, Ethan, Bear and Fox, two of which are 18 month old twins, is no novice when it comes to competitive running. David represented England athletics all the way through his teenage years and up to the age of 23. He studied at the prestigious athletics institution: Loughborough University, alongside Paula Radcliffe and competed for England at the very highest level.

David lost his love for running some 20 years ago as his family began to grow and his career as a charted physiotherapist began to flourish. Regarded as fiercely competitive by his colleagues, David is already putting in hours of training through the week and at weekends, running up to 16 miles per session, with the aim of competing the London Marathon in under 3 hours.

David said: “I lived and breathed running as a child and all the way through school. When I went to university I was sharing meal times, social events and pretty much my whole university experience with some of the country’s finest athletes. Whilst I have been away from competitive running for about 20 years, all that training has stayed with me and I am able to increase my preparation fairly quickly.

“If I can stay injury free, I am confident that I can complete the marathon in under 3 hours.

“Raising awareness about osteoporosis is really important as, by staying active when you get older, you can significantly reduce the likelihood of it ever developing. Weight-bearing exercise, like running, is an ideal sport to stave of osteoporosis as well as countless other benefits.”

David, who is a member of local running club East Cheshire Harriers, added: “Training is hard at any level, be it training for a 5k, 10k or a marathon, it’s not easy, but the benefits are huge. I hope this run inspires others to get active and take on a challenge.”

David is hoping to raise £1700 for osteoporosis and you can help him do that by donating at: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/giving/: David Rankin 2020.