An undergraduate student from Kingston University is currently completing a final year project involving a survey about endurance running psychology and has asked the club if any of our members would be prepared to participate.
The aim of this research is to analyse the psychological reasons why people take up endurance running and investigate the factors that keep them motivated to run, exploring topics such as sedentary behaviour, motivation, psychological skills, well-being, mental health, and addiction. The responses for runners will be compared with those from non-runners to identify why some people choose to take up endurance running and others choose not to run.
The study will also investigate what motivates the endurance runners to keep going in their training over months or years. Overall, this research should find and categorise the factors that push people to become endurance runners, and what keeps them consistent in their training.
There are no criteria with regards to gender, regular racing etc but participants must be endurance runners who regularly run over 3km and are 18 years of age or older.
If you would like to participate, please follow this link to the online survey
More information about the project is given below.
Research procedure – You will be asked to complete a questionnaire which will approximately take 30 minutes to complete. The questionnaire will not ask for your name.
Benefits - Benefits of taking part in this research include contributions to research and knowledge in exercise psychology.
Queries – Alice, who is undertaking the project, is happy to answer any queries that you may have regarding the study.
Risks – There are no risks expected from taking part in the study, however, if the participant feels as though the questionnaire has affected them negatively, information of mental health services will be given.
Withdrawal – participants are permitted to withdraw from the study at any time, without prejudice, and data from them will not be used.
Confidentiality – Any information provided by the participant will remain confidential. The results of the project will be reported anonymously. Reports will be made in the form of student dissertation work. In any reporting of the project, no information will be released which will enable a reader to identify who the respondent was.
If you have any questions or problems, please do not hesitate to contact the researchers or project supervisor:
Name of Researcher: Alice Rollings
Name of Supervisor: James Brouner