January newsletter

January is always a bit of a miserable month (with the exception of Burns Night). Everybody is a little chunkier and more poverty-stricken than they were in December and as if that wasn’t bad enough, we then have the grey skies, Blue Monday (16th) and the inauguration of Donald Trump to contend with! It’s easy to see why January makes us all feel like hibernating until spring has sprung, but amazingly the complete opposite has happened here at the Leisure Centre, we’ve never known it so busy…

It is absolutely wonderful to see so many people taking advantage of the new membership scheme. Almost 130 individuals and families have now signed up and there’s a welcomed buzz about the place with huge swathes of the community coming and going all day long making use of the facilities. We are endeavouring to create more fitness opportunities over the coming months to keep you all interested and if there’s something else you’d like us to offer, we’re open to suggestions.

Fitness classes
Our fitness classes are getting busier and busier and so to avoid disappointment it would be really helpful if you could book your place each week so we can announce when classes are fully booked. It’s a real shame when people come along to participate, but then get turned away at reception due to classes being fully booked.

On Wednesday 8th February, we’ll be waving a very glad goodbye to our archaic, time-served gym equipment and welcoming brand new sparkling TechnoGym equipment with wide open arms! The gym and fitness studio will be getting treated to new floor coverings and a bit of a makeover as well, which unfortunately means the gym will have to close for a short period of time. The dates of the closure are scheduled for Wednesday 8th – Monday 20th February, but this is worst case scenario and if the equipment is in place and tested before 20th, the gym will open straightaway. Keep an eye on our website and Facebook/Twitter pages for updates throughout February.

Gym opening times
The gym is currently open from 9am most mornings; however, we’ve been thinking about opening a little earlier a few mornings a week and we would really appreciate your feedback. Would you or somebody you know like to see the gym open before 9am? Please let us know if this would be of interest to you and we’ll see if there are enough early birds to justify early openings.

The joint Mallaig Pool & Leisure Centre and Friends of Mallaig Swimming Pool AGM was held in the spectator room at the Leisure Centre on Tuesday 17th January. It was great to see so many people attend and some really interesting points were raised. Thank you to all who attended and contributed.

Swimming lessons
Swimming lessons kicked off on 16th January and it was great to see so many children enjoying the pool. Please could we ask parents to produce their child’s membership card at reception so we can register their attendance on the system? If you haven’t signed up to our membership scheme, your child still needs to have a card so just ask somebody on reception next time you’re in and they will organise this for you.

Mallaig Pool & Leisure Slimming Club
On Thursday evenings from 7pm we will be dusting off the weighing scales and measuring tape and offering a free, informal slimming club to encourage the community to become slimmer, healthier and more confident. Every Thursday, Deep Water Aqua Aeorbics runs from 6pm – 7pm and the swimming pool and gym are open until 9pm, so there’s also the opportunity to exercise before or after Slimming Club.

Road to the Isles Half Marathon
This year’s Road to the Isles Half Marathon, 10k, 5k & Walk on the Wild Side are proving to be more popular than ever. Over 220 participants have already signed up to the event, which is going ahead on Saturday 29th April. So far the majority of participants are coming from outwith the area and due to the popularity of the event, we have had to set a limit on participant numbers; therefore, we are urging any local people who are interested in signing up to book your space over the next month or so. All money raised from entry fees will go directly into the refurbishment project pot. You can sign up by following the links on the Road to the Isles Facebook page or on our website.

Half Marathon volunteers
We are looking for reliable volunteers to help out on the big day. If you can offer assistance in any way, from stewarding to baking for hungry racers to first aid response, we would love it if you would get in touch with an offer of help.

Road to the Isles Triathlon
With both triathlons and the race tourism industry as a whole booming, we thought it would be a great idea to organise a standard distance triathlon along the Road to the Isles this year. A standard or Olympic triathlon incorporates a 1500m swim followed by a 40km cycle and then finally a 10km run (exhausting just typing it!). We have scheduled the date of the Road to the Isles Triathlon for Sunday 3rd September and the route will incorporate a swim in Loch Shiel, a bike ride to Mallaig and a run along the old Road to the Isles finishing at Traigh Farm. We are in the early stages of organising the triathlon, but we’ll update you all as soon as we know more. It’s very exciting though and should boost the local economy as it nears the end of the season.

Even though many us were a little cash strapped after the Christmas period, we still managed to raise over £70 in our wee blue pot at reception and were also delighted to receive a cheque from the Cub Post for £353.50. This money, as ever, will go towards our refurbishment fund so a big thank you to everybody who contributed to January’s £423.50 total!

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