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Engineering equal rights

Midlothian Advertiser - Wed, 12/09/2018 - 05:21
Penicuik man Mark McBride-Wright is aiming to promote diversity and inclusion in the engineering and tech sectors by holding a careers fair.

New SkyMaze inspired by original Dalkeith Country Park

Edinburgh Evening News Midlothian - Wed, 12/09/2018 - 05:00
Adventurers with a taste for nostalgia will enjoy a trip down memory lane reminiscing over afternoons spent at Dalkeith Country Park’s impressive play park.

New velodrome set to replace Meadowbank loss

Midlothian View - Tue, 11/09/2018 - 15:50

Similar velodrome in Bournemouth

Written by David Bol, Local Democracy Reporter

Plans to build a velodrome as part of a new cycling hub in the east of Edinburgh have been pushed forward – despite a funding gap of £441,000.

The new cycling facilities will be built at the Jack Kane Centre at Hunter’s Hall Park – less than three miles from the former Meadowbank velodrome, which was constructed for the 1970 Commonwealth Games and was the first 250-metre timber track in the UK.

The velodrome at Meadowbank was shut in September 2017 ahead of the stadium closing its doors at the end of last year. The new facility would be a boost to the city’s cycling community, and seen as a replacement velodrome for Meadowbank.

The new velodrome will be accessible for beginners, disabled cyclists and children. Unlike the indoor Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome in Glasgow, which has a 45 degree bank, the Edinburgh velodrome will be tilted at just 30 degrees – meaning there won’t be a minimum speed for cyclists to use it.

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The Hunter’s Hill Park velodrome will not only be used by elite cyclists, but targeted for all levels of ability. It will be constructed out of Tarmac, rather than the timber velodrome at Meadowbank, which was only usable for around 80 days every year as it couldn’t be used when damp.

The first step in refurbishing the Jack Kane Leisure Centre will be to provide 3G football pitches – and work could start before the end of the year. There are also proposals to build a BMX pump track. A planning application is still to be determined by the council’s Development Management Sub Committee.

The overall project faces a £441,000 funding gap and a bid for a grant from sportscotland has been lodged. Edinburgh Leisure is “reluctant at this moment in time to take a financial commitment towards the cycling element” of the project.

Cllr Mark Brown suggested the council could “consider discussions with external businesses to invest in perhaps naming rights of the velodrome to help sure that funding gap”.

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Cycling clubs have welcomed the vision for the new velodrome.

Phil Darby, Edinburgh Road Club president, said:

“Edinburgh Road Club welcomes the building of a new cycling facility which would enable members and the public access to a traffic free cycling environment on which to train, race, enhance their skills and enjoy bike riding.

“The proposed hard track would offer distinct advantages to ERC members especially the youth (under16) section which has grown strongly over the past 10 years. Its shallower banking will enable younger riders to use the track without the risk of sliding off, be grippy while wet, while floodlighting would allow outdoor sessions to continue during winter evenings. The facility could develop into a focus for cycling in Edinburgh especially if further opportunities could be developed nearby.”

Culture and Communities Convener, Cllr Donald Wilson, said: “After appraising all options and locations, the council is looking to create a brand new outdoor velodrome in Hunter’s Hall Park where the Jack Kane Sports Centre and Community Education Centre is based. This will provide opportunities for adults and young people to develop their track cycling ability and help to improve their confidence.

“I am determined to see us build the best velodrome we can with the funds we have available and we will be seeking additional financial support from other sources. Everyone is keen to see the project move forward and for inclusive facilities to be delivered, and it is important that we get it right.”

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Noble racing to do it again

Midlothian View - Tue, 11/09/2018 - 15:45

Colin Noble racing at Donnington Park

Penicuik based motor racing driver, Colin Noble, 21, and his racing partner, Tony Wells, drove Scottish racing team Nielsen Racing/Ecurie Ecosse to second and first place finishes in rounds 9/10 at the penultimate UK LMP3 Cup Championship meeting of the season at Donington Park’s Grand Prix loop last weekend.

The results not only place Championship leaders, Colin and Tony 47 points ahead of their nearest rivals with only a maximum 54 up for grabs in the final round to be held at Silverstone on 13/14 October, but also put Colin within grasp of winning his second UK LMP3 Cup Championship in consecutive seasons.

Having battled hard for a close second place in Saturday’s Round 9 race at Donington Park, the team was pretty confident of an even better showing on Sunday and so it proved to be.

With pole position secured earlier in the day, Round 10 saw Wells battling gearbox gremlins and stiff competition before handing over to Colin who brought the car home for maximum points.

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“It was obviously nice to get pole this morning and it made life a lot easier,” said Wells. “I made a good start, maintained the lead and pulled a good gap. We had a gearbox issue which was a blip on the down change, so when you brake it feels like being hit from behind. It pushed me on and I gave Colin the lead which was job done for me.”

Colin said: “We did a reset of the car at the pit stop which helped it a little bit, but in third-gear corners, the issue was pushing into them which made it a matter of getting it home for me. It’s important to get those points and we’ll see how we go at Silverstone, but at the moment, it’s looking pretty good for us.”

Race one results (Round 9):
1.Duncan Williams/Bradley Smith – #21 Mectech Motorsport (Norma M30)
2.Colin Noble/Tony Wells – #1 Ecurie Ecosse/Nielsen Racing (Ligier JS P3)
3.Neil Primrose – #72 Fellside Land Developments Ltd (Norma M20 FC)

Race two results (Round 10):
1.Colin Noble/Tony Wells – #1 Ecurie Ecosse/Nielsen Racing (Ligier JS P3)
2.Duncan Williams/Bradley Smith – #21 Mectech Motorsport (Norma M30)
3.Neil Primrose – #72 Fellside Land Developments Ltd (Norma M20 FC)

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