EMMA Serjeant ended second in the British Masters Hill Climb Cycling Championships last weekend.

The Montgomery cycling star expressed her delight at taking home a medal.

The Hafren Cycling Club star has kept in shape throughout lockdown but like all athletes had missed the regular competition since the onset of the global coronavirus pandemic and lockdown restrictions.

Serjeant headed to Derbyshire and the village of Palterton to shake off the cobwebs and enjoy her first competition in several months.

She came up against a top field of cyclists from across the United Kingdom.

Following a gruelling race the honours were won by Sandra McKay with Serjeant second and the podium completed by Shanlin Gourlay.

Serjeant said: “I was delighted to take silver.

“I paced the hill well and seeing my family on the top corner gave me the encouragement I needed to push hard onto the finish.

“After such a strange year it was great to be competing again.”

Serjeant is a member of the thriving Hafren Cycling Club which has a growing membership of senior, male, female and junior riders who compete across a host of disciplines.

The club won the Montgomeryshire Sports Council Club of the Year award for two consecutive years in 2016 and 2017 and continues to go from strength.

The club’s provision has been further boosted by the opening of a BMX track and state of the art cycling facilities at Newtown’s Trehafren Hill which has already hosted training sessions.