Cosmologists pushing outer limits to run...

UP FOR IT Back row, Gustavo Niz, Lado Samushia, Alejo Martinez and Hana Schumacher with (front l-r) Tim Higgs, Nikolai Meures, student, Professor Bob Nichol and Jon Emery

UP FOR IT Back row, Gustavo Niz, Lado Samushia, Alejo Martinez and Hana Schumacher with (front l-r) Tim Higgs, Nikolai Meures, student, Professor Bob Nichol and Jon Emery

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UNSCRAMBLING the universe is a piece of cake compared to the challenge of running 10 miles for a group of University of Portsmouth scientists.

The team of cosmologists may count themselves amongst the most agile minds in the city – but some will be pushing themselves to their outer limits to complete the Great South Run challenge.

Prof Bob Nicol, director of the Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation, said: ‘If you have a healthy body you have a healthy mind, so we’re all relishing the challenge.

‘Half of the team haven’t run that distance before in their lives, and I suspect for many of us it will be harder than some of the problems we tackle in the universe!’

Tim Higgs, 23, a PhD student studying the expansion of the universe, said: ‘I’ve had to buy trainers for the first time and I am a little nervous. I think I will be crying out for a chair halfway through, but I’m determined to finish the race.’

Jon Emery, 23, a PhD student looking into the Big Bang, said: ‘It’s good to take some time off work to exercise. There’s a great team spirit and I’m looking forward to the run.’

Nikolai Meures, 25, doing his PhD in theoretical aspects of the universe, is a keen runner and designed T-shirts for the day.

He said: ‘I’ve always wanted to do the Great South Run and I’m glad to be in good company!’

The cosmologists are supporting the Disasters Emergency Committee’s East Africa Crisis Appeal. To help them reach their £1,000 target visit justgiving.com/ICG-Runners.

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