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Running Bikes Launch

On Saturday 20th June, Lothian Leopards Disability Athletics Club, enjoyleisure and Lothian Disability Sport officially launched the arrival of four disability running bikes at the East Lothian Athletics Arena, Meadowmill Sports Centre. A first for East Lothian, and a first for the East of Scotland, the bikes were unveiled at a specially organised Lothian Leopards Open Day attended by Commonwealth Silver Medallist Louise Haston and RaceRunning Bike World Champion Gavin Drysdale.

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 of benefit to 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 Disability Sport on behalf of Lothian Leopards via the Bank of Scotland Community Fund.

The launch event, held at East Lothian’s Athletics Arena at Meadowmill Sports Centre, was exceptionally well attended with young people from across the county and beyond coming along to try out the bikes. For many, it was the first time they had ever ridden a bike before. 

Jean Dobson, Head Coach for Lothian Leopards comments; “The event was a tremendous success! We were absolutely thrilled to have so many young people come along and have a go. The bikes are truly 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, Branch Disability Sport Co-ordinator for Lothian Disability Sport adds; “We’re hopeful the arrival of the Running Bikes will boost participation in disability sport in the Lothian area. It was great to see some many people of all ages trying the bikes for the first time. The excitement and sheer joy of the youngsters utilising the bikes was clear for everyone to see.”

General Manager Bill Axon added, “enjoyleisure’s fundamental aims are 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.”

For further information about Lothian Leopards please contact:
Jean Dobson (Head Coach) on jdobson3@hotmail.com  / 07882 376338 or
Neal Herbert on admin@lothiandisabilitysport.co.uk  0131 475 2364.

Running Bikes Launch
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