GB Para Cyclist Mel Nicholls enjoyed Tewkesbury Half Marathon (Sunday 12 May) so much she did it twice. She had the honour of leading out the race in the medieval market town.
Paralympian, endurance wheelchair racer and adventurer Mel Nicholls is familiar with the Tewkesbury Half Marathon course, using it to train for Tokyo 2020. Her love for the outdoors and determination to succeed whatever the challenge has inspired her to encourage others to do the same. To dispel myths about disability – focusing upon what someone can do rather than what they can’t and support them throughout.
On Sunday she was clapped and cheered by marshals and spectators on closed roads and whizzed over the finish line in a little over 50 minutes only to repeat this again albeit slower while encouraging runners to the end.
Mel’s next challenge is to set a new hand-cycling world record from Land’s End to John O’Groats (LEJOG) in nine days on behalf of the charity Arctic One Foundation.
Summer weather, stunning countryside, lively crowds and a high street finish were amongst the highlights of the Tewkesbury Half Marathon sponsored by Moog. Another highlight was a new course record by winner Phil Beastall of Cheltenham & County Harriers who crossed the line in 1:09:23. He finished over 5 minutes in front of Luke Murray of Clevedon AC who was second in 1:14:42.
Annabel Granger of Bristol & West AC was the first female in 1:24:08.
There was a bespoke medal, cobalt blue Tech t-shirt and bottle of water for every finisher.
Early bird entries open later this week for the 2020 Tewkesbury Half Marathon on Sunday 10 May.
Image courtesy of Mary Daff