New bike racks a bonus for inclusive triathlon club

August 23, 2016 | Community News

A West Lothian Triathlon Club that trains and coaches people of all ages has been able to make improvements ahead of its annual event thanks to a generous donation from the Banks Mining Rusha Surface Coal Mine Community Fund.

G.R.C. Triathlon Club was given a grant of £1,500 from the Banks Community Fund to purchase brand new bike racks after their previous ones fell into disrepair.

The club has over 20 members ranging from eight to 66 years old and is one of only four triathlon clubs in Scotland able to offer training to children and young people.

Robert Ovens, Coach and Treasurer, said: “The donation from Banks has enabled us to keep our commitment to making the Fauldhouse Triathlon a little better every year.

“Our old bike racks were starting to show their age and we were having bikes falling over as they were not sturdy enough. Having trialled the new A-frame racks at one of our taster sessions we don’t have any worries about future competitions.”

A new club, G.R.C. Triathlon Club has already been awarded with a silver accreditation by West Lothian Council, recognising its importance to the community.

Providing training or racing six days a week, the club offers a fantastic and varied outlet for locals of all ages to get fit and take part in competitive sport or just challenge themselves.

Mark Dowdall, environment and community director at the Banks Group, said: “We are delighted to be playing a part in improving the facilities at a club that does some great work keeping the local community healthy.

“We hope that the equipment bought with Banks’ donation will encourage as many competitors and club members to get involved with the club and its triathlon.”

The Banks Rusha Community Fund is a fund set up by family-owned Banks Mining, to support community groups, voluntary organisations and environmental projects in the Fauldhouse and Breich Valley Ward area of West Lothian.

The Rusha surface mine, to the west of West Calder, started production in 2012 and restoration works are now being progressed.

The Banks Group estimates that the Rusha surface mine has contributed more than £5 million to the local economy every year for the last few years, through wages and supply chain contracts.

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