Lily Partridge and Ben Connor
Team GB Marathon
Professional marathon runners for Great Britain, Adidas & NB respectively. They set up Team Elite Running in 2020 to provide coaching and support to the everyday runner. Ben competed at the Tokyo Olympic Games in 2021. They both started running at an early age, progressing through the club age group system and on to Team GB.
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We started exploring Edge when I (Lily) was struggling to recover after the Olympic Marathon Trials. Through Edge analysis it was discovered that my cortisol and testosterone levels had crashed. This signalled to me that I had gone over the edge and needed rest. I tested again 4 months later after a much-needed break and my levels had returned to a healthy level. Ben also had testing done post Olympics as he was struggling to return and knew something wasn’t right. It was good to get clarity and to understand our physical health in finer detail.
Lily and Ben are both professional marathon runners for Great Britain, Adidas & NB Respectively. Ben recently became a member of Team GB and competed at the Tokyo Olympic Games. They both started running at school and then moved through the club age group system before taking different routes. Ben accepted a scholarship to study and train in the US at Providence College, RI and Lily stayed in the UK system and made successive age group Great Britain Teams through to senior level. They have both now moved to the marathon distance (Lily in 2017 finishing 4th in the Seville Marathon running a 2.32 debut, Ben in 2020 running a 2.11.20 debut at London Marathon). Team Elite Running started in November 2020 in response to the announcement of lockdown to provide support and give back to runners. Elite Running is a team of runners whom Lily and Ben coach personally and a wider community of runners where they provide some elite experience and access to information that they felt was missing for everyday runners.
Ben is using our Male Runner Test whilst Lily is using both our Female Runner and MyFORM® female hormone mapping to learn more about their hormones, key biomarkers and how this can help monitor health and training load.
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As an endurance athlete I know how easy it is to tip the balance from training and pushing your limits by ‘over-reaching’, to over training and having the potential to be injured. This is where MyFORM® has really been able to help. Tracking my hormones over my entire menstrual cycle has enabled me see the impact my training is having and avoid putting stress on my body resulting in a loss of periods.
Cycling National Hill Climb National Championships
I use the Female Runner and MyFORM® tests to track hormone fluctuations and all my key biomarkers. The Edge tests together with the amazing team have been a game changer in getting to the bottom of hormone imbalances I was having due to being in an energy deficit. Luckily we got to the bottom of the problem quickly which helped avoid me getting RED-S and I now do regular testing to make sure I am keeping on top of everything as I want to get the best out of myself.
LEJOG World Record Holder
I was advised by a Sport and Exercise Doctor to use the Edge products and upon his advice started using the female runner test. This allows us to monitor my biomarkers to see how they change across the season. I can easily compare how my levels change across different periods of training and ensure that any issues are highlighted so that I can train and race to the best standard.
European Junior Champion