UWE Bristol student wins bronze at UK championships

Issue date: 13 March 2012

UWE Bristol Student Hannah Alderson has won a bronze medal in the Women's 3000m at the 2012 BUCS Indoor Championships in Sheffield. Hannah achieved an annual best of 9:49.27.

The British Universities and Colleges Sport Indoor Championships cover a range of sporting events, including the 3000m Indoor Athletics that Hannah competed in. The event brings together athletes from 100 universities across the UK.

The competition has been recognised as a breeding ground for many UK athletes in previous years giving students the chance to showcase their sporting talents in the run up to the outdoor championships in London's Olympic Stadium.

The competition once again served up impressive entertainment, and produced some superb finishes. The race was dominated by Calli Thackery (Leeds Metropolitan University) and Catherine Brown (Loughborough University) each with respective times of 9.40.50 and 9.43.80. There were three Championship Best Performances across the weekend as well as many close finishes and outstanding race tactics used in the search for the gold medal.

Hannah Alderson is part of the university's 'Elite UWE' scheme which entitles high performing students' access to strength and conditioning training, physiotherapy and sports massage and tailored nutritional guidance.

Hannah said, “I really enjoyed the weekend. The race was tactically slow for the first half and came down to a matter of who had the fastest leg speed for the last few laps. I hope to improve on my leg speed in order to better my finish and am happy to have medalled at a championship event.”

The two day event is attended by approximately 1000 competing athletes and represented by 100 universities. The event is held at the English Institute of Sport (EIS) in Sheffield.


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