Hartpury graduate Mel Nicholls powers to world record


Hartpury University graduate Mel Nicholls has smashed the world record for handcycling from Land’s End to John O’Groats.

Mel, who studied a BSc Equine Science degree at Hartpury, completed the 874-mile Handcycle Britain challenge in six days, 22 hours and 18 minutes – beating the previous record by more than three days.

Before starting the epic journey, Mel underwent testing in the state-of-the-art human performance laboratory at the new £8.8 million Sports Academy at Hartpury.

Following her world record-breaking feat, she returned to Hartpury for further testing in the human performance laboratory to analyse the effects of the epic journey on her body.

“It’s been fantastic to use Hartpury’s amazing facilities,” said Mel, who won a silver medal in the 800m at the 2015 IPC Athletics World Championships.

“The equipment at Hartpury, such as the altitude chamber and the treadmills, is absolutely world class.

“We’re very lucky to be able to come here and work with the team at Hartpury.”

The Sports Academy, which further enhances Hartpury’s reputation as a centre of sporting excellence, includes a biomechanics laboratory, rehabilitation suite, a human performance laboratory, and a multi-sports hall.

It provides students at Hartpury with access to the very latest tools for research into sports science, as well as sports training and fitness.

Picture: Mel Nicholls with Dr Gareth Knox, Senior Lecturer and Research and Knowledge Exchange Arena Lead, in the human performance laboratory at Hartpury

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