29 February 2024

Strides of Unity: Medical Physics Team’s Journey to the ABP Southampton Marathon

In the bustling corridors of University Hospital Southampton, amidst the hum of lifesaving machines, a different kind of energy thrives. It’s the camaraderie of the Medical Physics team, a diverse group of individuals united by their passion for applying physics to healthcare.

And now, they’re taking their unity to the streets, training together for the ABP Southampton Marathon’s half marathon.

Fiona Wall, Laura Smith, Tom Gee, Jade Collins, Rafael Mioduszewski, and Roberto Martinez Camacho – each brings their unique expertise to the team. From radiation protection to radiotherapy, from scientific computing to nuclear medicine physics, their collective knowledge forms the backbone of the hospital’s technological advancements.

But beyond their roles, these colleagues are discovering more about each other and their roles in the hospital as they lace up their running shoes. Fiona and Jade have shared insights on their roles during their joint runs. Rafael, more accustomed to weightlifting than long-distance running, finds encouragement in the steady progress he makes with each training session.

Their journey isn’t just about personal fitness goals – it’s about team building. Despite their busy schedules and varied backgrounds, they’ve found a common purpose in preparing for the half marathon. From organising group runs to sharing training plans, they’re fostering a sense of community that extends beyond the department.

Hundreds of staff make up the Medical Physics team, scattered throughout Southampton hospital, the hidden roles behind imaging and radiotherapy.

As they log miles together, this team are breaking down the barriers. In the midst of workouts and shared victories, real friendships have been forged. What began as a casual suggestion in a team’s online channel has become a unifying force to raise money for Southampton Hospitals Charity.

But, their journey is far from over. With each stride, they’re not only preparing for a physical challenge but also reaffirming their commitment to each other, and to the NHS.

And as they stand shoulder to shoulder at the starting line, they know that no matter what lies ahead, they’ll face it together, one step at a time.

Good luck for your half marathon!

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