Lauren studied at Winstanley College from 2006-2008 and achieved 5 As at A-level in Biology, Chemistry, Maths, Physics, General Studies
She then went on to a degree in Medicine and Surgery at the University of Birmingham in 2008. During which time she also studied for an intercalated degree in History of Medicine at the University of Birmingham, achieving a First in 2011-12. Lauren completed her medical degree in 2014, and started working as a junior doctor at the Royal Albert Edward Infirmary, Wigan in August 2014.
Alongside her studies, and now her work, Lauren competes in athletics; middle to long distance running (3000m to 10km) on track, road and cross-country. Her greatest achievements in athletics include 6th place in the 3000m at the European Indoor Athletics in Sweden (2013), UK indoor 3000m champion (2013), World Cross Country Championships u20 13th in Jordan (2009) and European Cross Country Championships u20 3rd in Belgium (2008).
Lauren has participated in athletics from the age of 10 and whilst at college competed in the British Colleges cross country championships winning gold in April 2008.
Lauren said of balancing Athletics with study: ‘I feel I balanced everything well, however, the demands of being an international athlete and medical student do mean you have to curtail the typical university student socialising. I did find it challenging balancing everything at times, especially during my early years as a student, however you learn from experience and towards the end things became easier to manage. Being based at Birmingham meant I was surrounded by many other athletes, with it being one of the top sporting universities in the country; this gave me the opportunity to socialise with similar people.
I was often told that it was impossible to combine a demanding degree and elite level sports, but I hope I have shown this is far from true. My strongest piece of advice would be; consider choosing a university that allows you to pursue the sport you are competing in and also look at applying to a university with a sports scholarship program as this can help support you in combining training and studying. Also, although this is often overlooked, consider a local university that may allow you to continue in your current training set-up.’