Lothian Leopards Disability Athletics Club (LLDAC) were delighted to host the 'launch day' for their new running bikes on Saturday 20th June at club's home, Meadowmill.
LLDAC Head Coach Jean Dobson has worked closely with Lothian Disability Sport over the past 12 months and were lucky enough to secure funding from the Bank of Scotland Community fund, enabling the club to purchase two running bikes and provide another opportunity for young people with a disability in the Lothian region. In addition, Enjoy Leisure have also supported the club's vision and also purchased two running bikes which will also be used by members during club sessions. The bikes will be the first across the East region of Scotland and proves to be a extremely significant development.
The race running bike is a three wheeled cycle with no pedals which supports riders as they walk/run. They are designed for those with a disability that affect mobility, balance and co-ordination, such as cerebral palsy. The lightweight frame and low rolling resistance, little effort is required to propel the bike.
The 'launch day' was supported by Enjoy Leisure, Lothian Disability Sport and East Lothian's Athletics Development Officer, Jamie Bowie. The day was also lucky to have coaches from the ACE Race Running Club in South Ayrshire attend - Peter and Margaret Drysdale using their considerable experience to provide some valuable input and information for coaches and athletes alike. In total, the day attracted 13 young people along - some who had experience of running bikes and some individuals trying the sport for the first time. We hope that these athletes will engage on a regular basis and strengthen the club and race running in the East as a whole.