Lothian Leopards Disability Athletics Club and enjoyleisure are delighted to announce the arrival of four disability running bikes at the East Lothian Athletics Arena, at Meadowmill - a first for East Lothian, and a first for the East of Scotland.
The ‘Petra RaceRunners’ or ‘Running Bike’ is a three wheeled cycle with no pedals which supports riders as they walk / run. They are designed for those who have disabilities which affect mobility, balance and coordination, such as Cerebral Palsy, Muscular Dystrophy, Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinsons Disease, but can be benefited by so many others. With a lightweight frame and very low rolling resistance, very little effort is required to propel the bike.
A total of 4 bikes, ranging in size suitable for 6-13 year olds, have been purchased for use by athletics disability club Lothian Leopards at their weekly training sessions on Thursday evening 6pm-7pm at Meadowmill Sports Centre. They will also be available to other users. Contact Meadowmill Sports Centre on 01875 619079 for more details. Funding for the bikes, costing a total of £6k was provided by enjoyleisure and a grant awarded to Lothian Leopards via the Bank of Scotland Community Fund.
To officially welcome their arrival Lothian Leopards are holding an Open Day on Saturday 20th June at Meadowmill Sports Centre (athletics track), between 1pm -3pm. During the event, there will be an opportunity for young people to try the bikes for themselves, as well as a range of other athletics activities and learn more about what the club has to offer.
Attending the event and showcasing the bikes capabilities will be 14 year old World RunningBike Champion Gavin Drysdale, from Ace RaceRunning Club in South Ayrshire. In 2014, Gavin represented Scotland at the International Wheelchairs & Amputee Sports Federation World Junior Games at Stoke Mandeville and returned with 4 Gold Medals.
Jean Dobson, Head Coach for Lothian Leopards comments; “We are absolutely thrilled to have the RunningBikes at Meadowmill. They truly are a fantastic innovation that dramatically increase the opportunities for young people to actively participate in sporting activities and discover speed, agility and movement that previously would have been deemed unavailable to them.”
Neal Herbert, Brand Disability Sport Co-ordinator for Lothian Disability Sport adds; “We’re delighted to welcome the RunningBikes into East Lothian. We’re hopeful their arrival will boost participation in disability sport in the Lothian area.”
Scottish Commonwealth Athlete and Athletics Development Officer for enjoyleisure, Jamie Bowie commented; “enjoyleisure was delighted to support Lothian Leopards request to assist fund the bikes. The excitement and sheer joy of the youngsters utilising the bikes is clear for everyone to see. I urge anyone who could benefit from using the bikes to come along to the open day and try them for themselves!”
General Manager Bill Axon added, “enjoyleisure’s fundamental aims is to facilitate opportunities for the participation and enjoyment of sport for all members of the local community. The arrival of these bikes in East Lothian enables more young people with disabilities to have the opportunity to get involved in sporting activities.”
Lothian Leopards Open Day: 1pm – 3pm Saturday 20th June at Meadowmill Sports Centre.