March newsletter

Like the majority of people, we love the month of March here at the Leisure Centre.  The dark winter months have been left firmly in February and long summer days feel as if they’re within touching distance.  There’s a little warmth in the sun, new buds have appeared on the tips of branches and daffodils have popped up left, right and centre.  It’s not just the flora and fauna in the area that’s looking better though, so are our members!  The warm pool, new gym and fitness classes have inspired more and more of you to get moving and we’ve noticed a huge difference in customer numbers and how good you’re all looking.  Keep up the great work.  Here’s what else has been happening throughout March…

Road to the Isles Half Marathon

The Road to the Isles Half Marathon is now fully booked so a huge thank you to anybody who has signed up as all profits will go directly into our refurbishment programme fund.  Race day is on Saturday 29th April and there are still a number of places left in the 10k, 5k and Walk on the Wild Side so please do sign up soon if you’re hoping to get involved.

If you would like to get involved without actually having to pull on a pair of trainers, we would love to hear from any volunteers who would like to help out and marshal along the route.  There’s a free t-shirt and some paella in it for you!

Staff changes

At the end of the month the lovely Kira Holroyd left us to concentrate on her forthcoming exams.  Kira has been an absolute superstar at the Leisure Centre and she’ll be greatly missed by staff and customers alike.  We wish her the best of luck with the dreaded exams and her future.

New gym

The new gym has proved to be a resounding success.  We have never seen so many people, young and old, coming through the Leisure Centre doors and it is absolutely brilliant to see.  We have received lots of positive feedback, but there’s always room for improvement, so please let us know if there’s something you feel we could offer that would make your experience at better.

Swimming lessons

The final week of term 3’s swimming lessons will commence the week beginning 27th March.  Term 4’s swimming lessons will commence the week beginning Monday 8th May and will run until the last week of term 4 (the week commencing Monday 26th June).  We will be in touch with your child’s term 4 weekly slot during the first week of April.  Group lessons are included in our membership scheme, otherwise it’s £4.60 per session.

Changes to business over the Easter holidays

Throughout the Easter holidays the Leisure Centre’s swimming pool timetable changes so be sure to consult our website or Facebook page for further details before you make plans to come swimming during this period.  There will also be a copy of the Easter holiday timetable in April’s edition of West Word.  The opening hours of the gym will not change.  Catherine’s Body Blast class will not be going ahead on Monday 17th April and Pam’s yoga class will not be going ahead on Tuesday 11th April.

Meditation & relaxation class

Following on from Tuesday’s yoga class on 4th April, Pam will be taking her yogis on a meditative journey from 7pm.  It’s the perfect way to finish off your yoga session or equally as lovely if you’ve just enjoyed a gym/pool workout.  Please get in touch to book your place.

Under 11’s yoga

Pam King of Lochaber Yoga held a very successful Under 5’s yoga class for the tots and toddlers of the area on Friday 24th March.  With feedback suggesting it would be a good idea to widen the class to accommodate all children under 11 years old, we will hold a weekly class throughout the Easter and summer holidays.  It has been decided that the class will run on 7th and 21st April and the sessions will be free for Leisure Centre members or £2.25 otherwise.

A very special five pound note

One very kind and anonymous customer purposely left us a special AA19 £5 note, which is worth far more than £5.  We will put the £5 note on ebay and see how much we get for it.  The money will go into the refurbishment programme pot and we are really grateful to our unnamed benefactor!

The Traigh Triathlons

We have decided to organise a series of triathlons on Sunday 24th September.  The event, like the Road to the Isles Half Marathon, will generate much needed money for the Leisure Centre and will hopefully attract a large number of participants.  The day will be split into three concurrent triathlons of varying distances.  The ‘Try a Tri at Traigh’ will be suitable for complete novices and first-timers and will consist of a 400m swim, a 10km bike ride and a 2.5km run.  There will also be a Traigh Sprint, which will be suitable for both beginners and experienced triathletes.  The sprint incorporates a 750m swim, a 20km bike ride and a 5km run.  We will also be holding a Standard distance event.  This event is only suitable for experienced triathletes and incorporates a 1500m swim, a 40km bike ride and a 10km run.  Further details can be found on our website and we are in the process of completing a Facebook page to keep everybody up to date.

Marie Curie Swimathon

We will be holding three Swimathon Session all day long on Monday 3rd, Thursday 6th and Sunday 9th April.  Why not challenge yourself by swimming one of the following distances: 1.5k (75 lengths), 2.5k (125 lengths) or 5k (250 lengths).  The challenge can be completed individually (£13) or as part of a team (£26).

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Swim Around the Islands 2017

Did you know that if you were to swim around the Small Isles, you would amass a whopping 49.72 miles or 4000 lengths of the swimming pool?  From Monday 24th April – Friday 23rd June why not join us as we aim to swim the equivalent distance of 4000 lengths in our nice warm pool?  

The Challenge:

  • Swim 4000 lengths in any stroke and speed you wish
  • You have two months to complete the challenge
  • The challenge can be taken individually or in teams

Entry is £5.  Thereafter, Leisure Centre members go free and non-members pay £4.50 per session.  All profits from entry fees will go towards our refurbishment fund.

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