Study authors

This is a research project undertaken by Dr Polly Baker, Dr Rob Galloway, Dr Rachael Grimaldi, Dr Todd Leckie and Dr Alan Richardson. The project is being run in conjunction with the Brighton Marathon Medical team and has the Brighton Marathon’s full support.

Dr Polly Baker MB BChir MA MRCP FFSEM. Sport and Exercise Medicine Consultant and Project Lead. 

Polly is a Sport and Exercise Medicine Consultant. She originally trained in Emergency Medicine, before specialising in Sport and Exercise Medicine in 2008 and gaining her diploma of Sport and Exercise Medicine from the Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh in 2010. She currently works both at Sportswise in the clinical team and as a research fellow at the Centre for Sport and Exercise Science and Medicine (SESAME) and at Headley Court, Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre.



Dr Rachael Grimaldi BSc (Hons) BM FRCA. Associate Medical Director, Brighton Marathon. 

Rachael has volunteered for the Brighton Marathon since 2013, becoming Associate Medical Director in 2015. She is a senior anaesthetic registrar and completed a degree in physiology prior to medical school. Rachael is the lead for both the Brighton Marathon Research Group and Brighton Marathon ECMO Project, providing extra-corporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) at the roadside as part of the Brighton Marathon Advanced Cardiac Arrest Team, a service that was pioneered at the 2016 Brighton Marathon.


Dr Rob Galloway MBBS, BSc, MRCP, FCEM, PGcMedED, MAcMedED. Medical Director, Brighton Marathon.

Emergency Medicine Consultant at Brighton and Sussex University Hospital Trust along with being the medical director at the Brighton Marathon and crowd doctor for Brighton and Hove Albion. Rob is also a senior lecturer at Brighton and Sussex Medical school with a special interest in non technical skills and is nationally renowned for his work on human factors and reducing error in emergency and critical care.

Dr Todd Leckie BM BS MSc. Junior Anaesthetics Trainee.

Todd is a junior doctor specialising in anaesthetics and working on the South Coast. As part of his medical degree he completed a MSc in Applied Exercise Physiology at the University of Brighton and has an interest in exercise physiology and potential clinical applications.  He is also a former elite triathlete having represented Great Britain at multiple World Championships and was selected as reserve for the 2012 Team GB Olympic Triathlon Team.

Dr Alan Richardson PhD. Principal Lecturer in Exercise and Environmental Physiology at The Centre for Sport and Exercise Science and Medicine (SESAME), University of Brighton. 

Alan’s research focuses on the physiological changes and human tolerance to hypoxia and severe heat exposure. Alan worked as a research exercise physiologist on the Centre for Aviation, Space and Extreme Environment Medicine Xtreme Everest Project in 2007 and 2009, carrying out cardiopulmonary exercise testing in trekkers ascending to Everest Base Camp. Alan is the course leader for the Sport and Exercise Science degree and leads the Physiology for Sport and Exercise, Expedition Physiology and Dissertation modules.