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Friday, 13 October 2017

Top Cyclist Awarded Honorary Doctorate

On Wednesday, I was very proud to be at the Anglia Ruskin University graduation of my future daughter-in-law.

At the same ceremony, at Chelmsford Cathedral, top cyclist Alex Dowsett was presented with an Honorary Doctorate in Health Science. Alex has shown courage and determination in his commitment to become a world-class athlete. He is the only able-bodied, elite sportsperson in the world with haemophilia.

Born and bred in Essex, Alex has won a remarkable five British National Time Trial Championships – two more than Sir Bradley Wiggins. In May 2015 he extended the World Hour Record by nearly half a kilometre. He rode an astonishing 52.937 kilometres in an hour on the velodrome, at Manchester’s National Cycling Centre.


It was a privilege to be there – even accidentally – to see him receive his award. He will be an inspirational role model for all the students, particularly those studying Sports Science and Sports Coaching.

Congratulations Alex!

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