Love on the run, and they’re PREPD to go

Flinders physiotherapist and elite athlete Riley Cocks, and his super-fit partner Izzi Batt-Doyle, had a lot to celebrate this Valentine’s Day.

Their coaching business RunAsOne, which started midway through last year, has already attracted more than 100 clients wanting to develop their individual running styles, and Izzi is embarking on a PhD in psychology at Flinders University this year.

Both have become brand ambassadors for Preserve Health Pty Ltd, a rehydration drink company spun out from Flinders University’s College of Medicine and Public Health.

Their profiles appear on the company’s PREPD website.

“At least we can catch up for coffee at Bedford Park on Wednesdays when Riley works at Flinders Sport & Fitness Centre,” she says during training at the University’s gym.

The pair have been a couple since both competing for Australia at the World University Games in 2017.

With accomplished Riley her coach, Izzi’s competition success continues to build on some stellar races in 2020.

At Athletics Victoria’s ‘Zatopek 10’ event last month, she was placed second with a big personal best of 31:43 to move to #10 Australian all-time and #4 by an Australian on home soil ever in the 2020 Australian 10,000m Championships.

“These championships were the Olympic trials of sorts, but will have to see what the next few months holds if there are more qualifying opportunities,” Izzi says.

Riley came seventh in the men’s 10,000m championships with a personal best of 28:45.

Late last year Izzi won the 2020 SA State Road 10km Championships in 32:37, the 2020 SA State Track 10,000m Championships in 32:13, and the 2020 SA State Track 5,000m Championships where she broke the previous state record held by Lisa Ondieki that was set 25 years ago in 1995 – the year Izzi was born.

PREPD chief executive Andrew Perry says the product has been trialled and tested by more than 200 athletes across a diverse range of sports including triathlon, cycling, running, AFL, soccer, netball, motorsport, netball, rowing and surfing.

“We consistently receive glowing, positive feedback from both elite and recreational athletes who have trialled PREPD and can ‘feel the hydration difference’,” he says.

“Feedback after using the two-step PREPD typically includes; feeling less thirsty during exertion and experiencing less cramping, fewer headaches after exertion, lower reduction in weight from fluid loss, and lighter coloured urine. All key indicators of being better hydrated.

“After drinking PREPD athletes often describe feeling more energetic and able to maintain consistent performance throughout long training sessions and competition.”

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