THE RACING season has well and truly begun for the Coventry Godiva Wheelchair Racing Academy.
Set up in 2011 with support from the University of Warwick and as part of Coventry Godiva Harriers, the group and its members continue to grow in numbers and in strength.
The group includes athletes ranging from grassroots and recreational level up to household name Paralympians and international British racers including Hannah Cockcroft.
Heavy downpour overshadowed the opening track competition of the season but the team put in a good performance at the BWRA Championships at Stoke Manderville.
One standout performer for the team at the BWAA Grand Prix was Mel Nicholls, who achieved a new personal best time of 19.80 in a qualifying event for both Rio 2016 and the IPC World Athletics Championships in Doha.
Nicholls also went on to race in the Great Manchester Run on Sunday and hit her third new PB of the week to finish in 26.28 which placed her second behind Shelly Woods.