Hurdling medallist seeks crowdfunding on road to Rio

European indoor 60m hurdles silver medallist Lucy Hatton is raising money to help cover costs as she bids to reach the Rio 2016 Olympics.

Lucy, who studies Criminology, achieved the 100m hurdles qualifying time for Rio this summer but then struggled with injuries.

This year she set a new British Under-23 60m hurdles record of 7.90 seconds, which also took her to third on the UK senior all-time list.

Lucy is a recipient of a Gold Alumni Sports Scholarship, made possible through the generous donations of University Alumni each year to the Student Opportunities Fund which allows student-athletes, like Lucy, the opportunity to compete at national and international events by providing financial support for things such as travel expenses, equipment and specialist coaching.

Lucy said: "This season I've turned to crowdfunding and asked if anyone out there can support me as little or as much as possible on my road to Rio.

"I've already reached my £1,000 target within two days through the power of social media. I will need more to go to Rio, but I thought if I put out a target and that gets reached that would be amazing, and now it's been exceeded, which I'm absolutely over the moon about."