Testing the best: Chrissie Wellington live on the BBC

Not only was I privileged enough to meet 4-time World Ironman Champion Chrissie Wellington, but I also got to put her through her paces live on air at the BBC’s 80th birthday event for the World Service down at Bush House in London.  For info, the Ironman is a 3.9 km swim, a 180 km […]

How your Christmas present might revolutionise sports science

When you open your Christmas present this year it might not be obvious that you are helping a revolution in sports science.  Some of the most popular presents are likely to be mobile phones, games consoles and computer games and the modern stocking filler now contains more sensory technology than an early space mission.  The […]

Swimsuit ban will affect world record progression

FINA changed the rules on swimsuits on 1st January 2010.  This effectively banned full body polyurethane swimsuits which had been blamed for the overwhelming number of world records in the 2008 Beijing Olympics and the 2009 Rome World Championships.  Nunzio Lanotte wrote a guest blog on this very subject and concluded that perhaps we shouldn’t […]

A year to go: engineering sport for London 2012

The common perception of engineering and sport is that of shiny new bikes, aerodynamic helmets and sleek bobsleds.  I often get asked, “isn’t it just the best equipment that wins now, rather than the athlete?”  The answer – as far as I’m concerned – is obviously “no” and I’ve spent my working life in the […]

The problem of the Wimbledon roof

The comments made about the new roof over Wimbledon’s Centre Court have puzzled me.  The Wall Street Journal and the Times had the headline “Wimbledon Roof Slows Balls Down” while the Daily Mail had “How Centre Court’s new roof puts a dampener on Andy Murray’s serve” (I admit that I’m quoted in this one).  One […]

Premier League Relegation: the Wheel of Fortune

Well, it’s all over.  And what an amazing day it was. It was exhausting trying to work out who was staying up and what the scenarios were.  Here is what happened drawn as a polar time plot of the 5 teams that were in danger of relegation.

Survival Sunday in the Premier League: How to escape relegation.

Survival Sunday is almost upon us and my earlier post on the number of scenarios appears to have stirred up feelings – see The Premier League: predicting who will go down (and the strange case of scenario no. 55). To recap, there are 5 teams separated by only one point who could all get relegated to […]

The loneliness of the long distance physicist

What do physicists think about when they’re running?  I’m currently training for my first marathon (gulp) which gives me a lot of time to think.  Running around Sheffield, most of the time I think about how unfair it is that there is another hill and wonder why it is that the wind is always against […]