INTERNATIONAL athlete Jessica Leitch has combined her studies with her passion for running to be the driving force behind the latest spin-out company from Oxford University.

Dr Leitch, 30, was studying for her engineering degree at the university when she discovered the link between biomechanics – the way your bones and joints move – to running injuries.

She said: “Fifty per cent of runners become injured each year.

“Unusual patterns in a runner’s biomechanics can cause stress on joints, bones and tissue.

“The key to injury-free running is to identify and correct these before it is too late.”

Now Dr Leitch has set up Run3D, based at the Roger Bannister running track in Iffley Road, Oxford, and is looking to develop the system for cyclists and even football players.