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How do you run a marathon with two kids?

Monday, 27 November 2017

Jessica Bruce (née Leitch, 2002, Engineering Science) recently broke her second official world record for marathon running. Her first record had been for running a marathon whilst pushing her young son Daniel in a buggy, in a time of 3 hours 17 minutes. This time, she was attempting to run a marathon with Daniel and his baby sister, Emilia, in a double buggy – a feat she achieved in an impressive 3 hours and 22 minutes!

Jessica is now featured in a fascinating Oxford Sparks podcast ‘How do you run a marathon with two kids?’ in which she chats about her record achievements, and also about her work. She studied Engineering here as an undergraduate, and then undertook a DPhil with St Edmund Hall’s Engineering tutor, Professor Amy Zavatsky, looking at the biomechanics of knee pain. “Running is my passion,” Jessica explains, “and I soon realised that I could combine my work with my hobby by specialising in the field of biomechanics (looking at the way that people move). I stayed at Oxford to complete a DPhil and investigated the biomechanics of common running injuries.”

Jessica is now the founder and director of Run3D Limited, a company that develops 3D gait analysis systems that can be used outside of the gait laboratory, by clinicians treating runners. “After completing my DPhil I wanted to try and bring the technology that I had used in my research to real clinics and real runners,” she says.