I am writing to ask if you would kindly participate in a research project being carried out at Kingston University looking at the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on running habits of experienced endurance runners.
We are keen to see how the restrictions placed since the lockdown started on March 23rd have impacted running participation. As you are aware, it resulted in many gyms and athletic clubs having to close temporarily. We are interested to see how this has altered training habits and the exercise modalities selected by runners.
With the cancellation of several running events sadly the racing calendar has looked vastly different in 2020. We are hoping the research will reveal how runners have adapted to these changes, particularly in regards to goal setting.
Section one of the survey lasts 5-10 minutes, in most cases the questions are closed and require you simply selecting an option form the list provided. In some cases where the questions are related to injury history you may be asked to provide a bit more detail. The optional second section is called the Motivation of Marathoners Scale; it is comprised of 56 questions graded on a Likert scale (it takes approximately 5 minutes to complete). An information sheet can be found at the beginning of the questionnaire outlining the GDPR policy and details in regards to your right to withdraw.
The team at Kingston University believe this is vital research and greatly appreciate your help in allowing us to gain an insight in to how the running community has been affected by the COVID-19 restrictions. Please feel free to cascade the survey to other runners who you believe would be keen to participate in the research.
This study has been reviewed and given a favourable ethics opinion by Kingston University’s Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing Research Ethics Committee (reference – 2675).
Plus click on the relevant links below if you would like to complete the questionnaires.
Please do not hesitate to contact me or one of the supervisors if you have any questions.
Thank you for your time.
Sarah Dear –
Supervisor – Hannah Moir –
Supervisor – Nicola Swann –
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