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"Our sports medicine team inform everything we do at Forth Edge, from testing and in-depth analysis of your biomarkers to nutrition and exercise recommendations"

Sarah Bolt. Founder & CEO

Behind Forth Edge is a team of sports medicine experts, each leaders in their respective fields.

Their goal is sustainable athlete development - to help you reach your peak performance efficiently while avoiding injury or overstressing the body.

Our Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Nicky Keay, is a field-leading endocrinologist with a focus on sports medicine. Renee McGregor, Forth Edge’s nutrition expert, works with Olympic and National squads to optimise performance and has published numerous books on sports nutrition including the Fast Fuel series and Orthorexia: When Healthy Eating Goes Bad. Scientific Officer Michael Cornes is a clinical scientist who has published numerous research papers on the subject of test accuracy and biomarker personalisation.

Together, they provide a service unmatched elsewhere. Forth Edge doesn’t just give you accurate biomarker figures; our sports medicine team will analyse your results and provide recommendations based on their extensive experience and your personal parameters.

Dr. Nicky Keay

Chief Medical Officer

BA, MA (Cantab), MB, BChir, MRCP. Honorary Fellow Dept Sport and Exercise Sciences, Durham University.

A member of the Royal College of Physicians, Honorary Fellow in the Department of Sport and Exercise Sciences at Durham University and former Research Fellow at St. Thomas’ Hospital, Nicky has extensive clinical and research experience in the fields of endocrinology (hormones/hormonal regulation of the body) and sport and exercise medicine.

Over her career, she has lent her expertise to numerous sporting bodies including the International Olympic Committee, the Australian Institute of Sports and the University of Geneva. A regular contributor to leading academic publication, the British Journal of Sports Medicine, Nicky also produces educational resources for the British Association of Sport and Exercise Medicine.

Nicky’s particular areas of interest lie in sports endocrinology, RED-S (Relative Energy Deficiency in Sport) and bone health, and over the course of her career she has worked with elite athletes, professional ballet dancers and aspiring sports people.

A passionate dancer, Nicky is a full member of the Royal Academy of Dance and a member of the Medical Advisory Committee of Dance UK, as well as a choreographer and teacher. She’s always been active, having competed in swimming, gymnastics and tennis, and as a result has herself experienced the Female Athlete Triad; low energy, menstrual dysfunction and low bone density.

Publications & Research

Keay N, Francis G, Hind K. Low energy availability assessed by a sport-specific questionnaire and clinical interview indicative of bone health, endocrine profile and cycling performance in competitive male cyclists. BMJ Open Sport and Exercise Medicine 2018; 4(1)DOI: 10.1136/bmjsem-2018-000424

Keay N, Francis G, Entwistle I, et al. Clinical evaluation of education relating to nutrition and skeletal loading in competitive male road cyclists at risk of relative energy deficiency in sports (RED-S): 6-month randomised controlled trial. BMJ Open Sport and Exercise Medicine 2019; 5(1)DOI: 10.1136/bmjsem-2019-000523

My aim is to redefine optimal health and fitness for the individual athlete. My approach integrates all aspects of my professional clinical experience with my medical research expertise.

For athletes, being able to monitor information including your training load and general health, to be able to understand what is going on in your body, allows you to establish a strong base upon which you can place the building blocks of success.

Renee McGregor

Nutrition Lead

BSc (hons) PGDIP (DIET) PGCERT(sportsnutr) RD BASES

Food is the fuel that ensures your body works to its best, and registered dietician Renee McGregor brings twenty years’ experience working in clinical and performance nutrition to Forth Edge.

A leader in the field of sports nutrition, she has worked with the UK London 2012 Olympic, Rio 2016 Paralympic and Queensland 2018 Commonwealth games teams.

As well as sitting on the RED-S (Relative Energy Deficiency in Sport) advisory board for the British Association of Sport and Exercise Science, she works with a number of governing bodies including Scottish Gymnastics, the GB 24-hour Running Team and Scottish Ballet.

Renee has a particular interest in eating disorders related to sport, and works with Dr. Nicky Keay on research into areas such as bone density in athletes, RED-S and the effects of the menstrual cycle on training and recovery.

In addition to her role as nutritional lead for Forth, Renee is an author and contributing expert to print and broadcast media, including Newsnight and BBC 5 Live.

Renee is a keen ultra runner, favouring mountainous terrain. A self-confessed adrenaline junkie, multi-day stage races that push her abilities in tough conditions are her passion, and her plans for 2020 include a 5-day race in the Himalayas, reaching altitudes of up to 5,000 meters.

Publications & Research

Fast Fuel: Food for Triathlon Success (Published by Nourish Books)

Fast Fuel: Food for Running Success (Published by Nourish Books)

Training Food: Get the Fuel You Need to Achieve Your Goals (Published by Nourish Books)

Orthorexia: When Healthy Eating Goes Bad (Published by Nourish Books)

Dr. Michael Cornes

Scientific Officer

Consultant clinical scientist, FRCPath, BSc Biochemistry, MSc Clinical Biochemistry, PhD Biochemistry

Biomarker testing requires detail and accuracy, and this is where Dr. Michael Cornes excels.

With ten years experience as a consultant clinical scientist with the NHS, he has over 40 peer-reviewed scientific papers covering sample quality, an area that is particularly important when samples are being transported through the post. Michael works with Forth to ensure our processes and analytical techniques are to the highest quality possible in terms of accuracy. Determining normal biomarker ranges for the individual is also an area of expertise. Establishing individual base lines and profiles is a key aspect of what Forth Edge offers athletes through its subscription services. Michael has a particular interest and expertise in determining when biomarker changes are significant for the individual, rather than the wider average population.

A keen athlete, Michael has competed as an elite-level triathlete across Europe up to half-Ironman, and as a runner up to and including marathon distance. His next sporting ambition is a 100km cross-country race.

Publications & Research

Cornes, Michael & Ibarz, Mercedes & Ivanov, Helene & Grankvist, Kjell. (2018). Blood sampling guidelines with focus on patient safety and identification – a review. Diagnosis. 6. 10.1515/dx-2018-0042.

Cornes, Michael & Atherton, Jennifer. (2018). Reducing errors in the pre-analytical phase. Journal of Laboratory and Precision Medicine. 3. 63-63. 10.21037/jlpm.2018.07.04.

Cornes, Michael & Atherton, Jennifer. (2018). Reducing errors in the pre-analytical phase. Journal of Laboratory and Precision Medicine. 3. 63-63. 10.21037/jlpm.2018.07.04.

Dr. Michael Cornes​

Forth Edge allows athletes to use their biomarkers to help optimise their training, using them to identify over training, optimal training load, and for early detection of illness to ensure training time is used to best effect.

Created by our team of sports-science experts, our biomarker profiles are designed to optimise endurance, power and strength.
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