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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Taking place around one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World,💦 there are not many better settings for a running event anywhere! 🤩The Victoria Falls Marathon route is relatively flat and fast and is well marshalled with regular cooling down sections and water stations. 🏃🏃‍♀️

The Victoria Falls Marathon is set to take place on Sunday 2 July 2023. 🥳 We hope that you will join Team Africa Marathons at this scenic running event next year. 💪

Africa Marathons is an Official Travel Partner of the Victoria Falls Marathon, to join the Africa Marathons Team please email - info@africamarathons.com

Find out more about this event on our website - https://www.africamarathons.com/run/victoria-falls-marathon/

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It was so great having you join us on this trip John 🥳  and for running it for such a great cause! ✨

You are truly inspirational. 🤩 Thanks so much for the awesome review!

Read the full review on our website: https://www.africamarathons.com/reviews/#11

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Our Africa Marathons runners will be staying at the Keys Hotel in the town of Moshi during the Kilimanjaro Marathon in February. 🏃‍♀️🏃

This modern tourist  hotel is located in an area where guests can easily see the snow of Mount Kilimanjaro. 🗻 The hotel is facilitated with well-furnished guest rooms in the main building and nicely archived African Cottages which is spread along the garden area. 🌿 All rooms are equipped with all basic facilities. The bar includes all basic international types of wines, local beers as well as soft drinks. 🥂 The restaurant offers a buffet breakfast, an a la Carte menu service and occasional barbecues. Other facilities include a coffee lounge and swimming pool. 💦

Find out more about this exciting upcoming event on our website - https://www.africamarathons.com/run/kilimanjaro-marathon/

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Described as ‘the world’s most worthwhile marathon’ the Sierra Leone Marathon will take place for its 11th anniversary on Sunday, the 26th of April 2023, combining some of the most stunning scenery in West Africa 🌍 with the kind of atmosphere that only the truly remarkable country of Sierra Leone can offer. 🏃🏃‍♀️

Join Team Africa Marathons next year! 
Get in touch with us on 📧 info@africamarathons.com 

Find out more information about this race on our website -https://www.africamarathons.com/run/sierra-leone-marathon/

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We are 3 months away from experiencing the Kilimanjaro Marathon in February 2023!🤩

Situated south of the equator – in Tanzania – at 5 895 metres, Kilimanjaro is Africa’s highest mountain, and the highest free standing mountain in the world. “Kili” as she is affectionately known, is one of those iconic sights every person should see at least once in their lifetime. 🗻

The route passes through many villages, farms, banana and coffee plantations, patches of forest and sections of Moshi town. The atmosphere in Moshi over ‘race weekend’ is electric. 🏃🏃 Moshi is jam-packed with people who have trained up for their favourite race distance. It is a must-do Africa running event in our books. 🌍

Find out more about this exciting upcoming event on our website - https://www.africamarathons.com/run/kilimanjaro-marathon/

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