Africa Marathons Physio - Gemma Oates

Gemma Oates

Africa Marathons Physiotherapist


Born in the UK, Gemma has spent most of her life running. Her love for the sport began as a teenager and she hasn't stopped since. This passion led her to train as a Physiotherapist and she has worked in this profession in the UK for 15 years, both in the NHS and the private sector. Soon after starting her career as a Physiotherapist she specialised in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy and during this time she treated numerous runners. As a runner herself she full understands how frustrating injuries are and she loves to help runners not only recover from them but to help reduce the risk getting injuries in the first place too.

Last year Gemma moved to sunny South Africa and is so enjoying it. She has been fully involved with running there and joined a local running club in Durban. She has taken part in numerous running events out there, including two of our races, the Two Oceans Half Marathon, and the Cape Town Marathon 10km, both of which she loved. Since her move to South Africa she has set up her own running and physiotherapy website, The Runner Physio where she writes articles to help runners stay healthy and get the best out of their training.

As we host a number of trips to South Africa, we couldn’t think of a better person to have onboard the Africa Marathons team as our Physiotherapist. Gemma will be using her knowledge to write articles for us and she will be at our races to support runners. If you would like follow her running adventures in South Africa and get her tips on injury prevention, exercises and much more, you can follow her on her Instagram page @therunnerphysio or click through to her website, The Runner Physio.

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Race Stories

November 20, 2020

Plyometric Exercises for Runners

Muscles and tendons have the ability to be able to store energy and then to use it for power and […]
October 5, 2020

How to Reduce the Risk of Injury while Training for a Marathon

If you are about to take on training for a marathon, congratulations! Nothing beats the feeling when you cross that […]
January 15, 2020

Strength Training for Runners

By Gemma Oates, Africa Marathons team member & Physiotherapist. As a Physiotherapist and a runner myself, I am aware of […]

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What do you do the night before a race? 🌙

"I carbo load before a race. Good carbs are things like sweet potato, whole wheat pasta, brown rice etc. I have quite a big pasta the night before with a bit of protein too, usually in the form of chicken or tuna, with not too much sauce to avoid tummy issues on race day. I love spicy food, so my meal the night before races is always quite bland to me."

 - Coach Nick Bester

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It's officially 100 days until the legendary Comrades Marathon 2022. We cannot wait! 🤩

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The Sierra Leone Marathon is more than just a race. 🙌

You will have the opportunity to see the impact of your fundraising when exploring Northern Sierra Leone where Street Child’s rural and urban projects are situated and attend workshops with the Street Child Sierra Leone teams.

Learn more about Street Child of Sierra Leone on their website: https://www.streetchildsl.org

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Cape Town Marathon 2022 will take place on 16 October 2022 and starts and finishes outside the iconic Cape Town Stadium. 🤩

The race is a sightseeing tour of the natural beauty of Cape Town’s mountains and sea, as well as many of the city’s attractions and cultural areas. 🌅

Are you joining Team Africa Marathons? We are the Official Travel Partner of the 2022 Cape Town Marathon, and have a fully-loaded itinerary planned out for your to enjoy every second of your time in South Africa. 

View our full itinerary on our website.
To those starting out as marathon runners, what advice would you give them? 🏃

"Firstly, enjoy the process! Secondly, never underestimate just how tough that last 10kms is going to be. In my first marathon I definitely underestimated just how tough that last bit would be. 

It’s always tough. As long as you’re prepared for it then you’ll be able to handle it. I know marathons can be scary, but enjoy every second! There is nothing quite like finishing your first one! No better feeling in the world!" 

- Coach Nick Bester

Learn more about our coach Nick on our website: https://www.africamarathons.com/coach/

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