>  Silver for UWE student at British Championships.

University of the West of England’s Elite Cyclist Athlete Luke Dunbar took home the silver medal for the second consecutive year at the British University Hill Climb Championships in Derbyshire on Saturday 30th October 2010.

In a tense race to the finish line, Luke came agonizingly close  to the top prize, being knocked from gold place by a mere 2 second margin finishing 2nd out of 134 cyclists securing a lead over Henry King from Leeds University in an impressive performance.

The annual one mile race took place at Curbar Gap in the Peak District providing a spectacular backdrop for the spectators but a 1:7 climb for the riders.

In an interview, the Criminology and Politics student said “Like any competitive athlete I was disappointed to miss out on the win by a small margin at the time. However on reflection, I am proud I have managed to repay UWE for their support with a silver medal two years running.”

Sports performance manager Richard Bennett added “this is a great achievement for Luke – he improved his time from last year by 3 seconds, so we can’t ask for more than that”

With a dedicated Sports Performance and Strength and Conditioning team, UWE’s Centre for Sport has both the expertise and facilities to support Elite athletes in a range of sports.