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March 5, 2012

James Gray takes first vital training steps with sports medical at ÖISM

Vienna-based translator and writer James Gray today took his first serious steps towards training for the Bupa Great North Run 2012, the world’s biggest half-marathon, which takes place this September. James is running to raise funds for Wakefield Hospice in West Yorkshire, UK.

The Österreichisches Institut für Sportmedizin (ÖISM) is the Austrian institute for sports medicine and is based in Vienna. It provides advice to both beginners and more ambitious athletes on physical activity, sports and nutrition.

James today underwent a sports performance test to assess his physical condition and get a better picture of his training needs for the half-marathon. A physician first measured basic values such as blood pressure, body fat percentage and lung capacity before moving on to an ECG.

“Fortunately everything is ticking over nicely!” said James, before hitting the treadmill for the physical part of the test. James was put through his paces, starting off on the treadmill at a leisurely 6km/h for three minutes. The pace was increased in 2km/h increments until James hit the wall at 14km/h.

Afterwards James was given a clean bill of health. “The results were good,” he said. “I’m in better condition than I thought, but there is still room for improvement and it’s clear I need to put in some longer runs and include some interval training.”

James is appealing to sponsors to help him raise funds for Wakefield Hospice, which provided care for his father in his final days. “Everyone is affected by cancer or a life threatening illness at some stage in their lives. Wakefield Hospice provides essential services such as emotional support and terminal care at the end of life. Every donation, however big or small, will help.”

If you wish to support James Gray and Wakefield Hospice, you can make a donation quickly and easily by visiting

For more information about Wakefield Hospice visit

For more information about the Bupa Great North Run visit

For more information about the Österreichisches Institut für Sportmedizin (ÖISM) visit

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