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Mel Nicholls


2008 saw an end to my marathon and adventure racing goals when a stroke turned my focus down a parallel path. Now, I’m a 2 x Paralympian and World class GB athlete in wheelchair racing and handcycling.

My heart is in endurance and my passion is for adventure… and tea. While continuing to be an endurance athlete, and exploring further by bike, board, on crutches and anyway I can, there’s always a way! I seek out wild and remote places and epic challenges to continue to dream big and go beyond barriers. Outside is my training ground, my playground and where I am happiest. My project work aims to encourage others to find their way to get active outside and see what is great about Britain and beyond, while I aim to merge both performance with adventure to go far, and always with a smile.

The Number Crunch:

Racing Highlights
  • London 2012 & Rio 2016 Paralympic Finalist (track wheelchair)
  • World Championship Silver & European Silver & Bronze (track wheelchair)
  • 1500m WR holder 2013-2017 (track wheelchair racing)
  • Marathon World lead (T34) 1:58:10 | Half marathon 0:53:39 | 10k 0:26:28 (road wheelchair racing)
  • National Champion. World Cup Bronze (road paracycling)
Adventure highlights
  • Solo handcycling Faroe Islands
  • Scotland Coast to Coast in a day
  • Tour de Charente
  • Gran Paradiso

Heading up Gran Paradiso

21 08 2019 - Daring Deeds

Handcycle Britain Interview
An interview with Mel Nicholls

12 06 2019 - News

Mel Nicholls’ Handcycle Britain World Record Attempt
Follow Mel on her LEJOG World Record Attempt

11 02 2019 - Daring Deeds

The Islands of Faroe-way: Part 2
Part 2 of Mel's handcycling adventure

07 02 2019 - Daring Deeds

The Islands of Faroe-way: Part 1
Alpkiteer Mel Nicholls prepares for a Faroe Islands adventure

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