Fitness trail all set for grand opening

Darius Namdaran (chair of Bonnyrigg and Lasswade Community Council), Bill MacDonald (also of the community council) and Sharyn McKenzie (granddaughter of David Dunn).
Darius Namdaran (chair of Bonnyrigg and Lasswade Community Council), Bill MacDonald (also of the community council) and Sharyn McKenzie (granddaughter of David Dunn).

A new fitness trail in memory of a local hero killed during a bank robbery more than 20 years ago will be opened this weekend by special guests.

The David Dunn Fitness Trail in Bonnyrigg’s King George V Park will be opened on Sunday at 2pm by former Scotland footballer, Keith Wright, and former Scotland rugby star, Peter Wright.

David Dunn was killed in October 1994, in Bonnyrigg when, acting with others, he stopped an armed robbery from the Bank of Scotland.

The fitness trail features three sets of two pieces of equipment spread out across the park. It includes an arm and pedal bike air walker, a triple pull-up, big shoulder wheel, tai chi spinners and a leg lift and chin up station.

Bill MacDonald has been steering the project on behalf of Bonnyrigg and Lasswade Community Council.

He said: “There were various issues, like when the circus and funfair come to the park, would the fitness trail be in the way? Eventually the stations were agreed on after a lot of compromises.

“It’s now here and I think it’s a great thing to have. I’m sure it will be a great addition to the park.

“We have got a lot of things going on for the opening event, including a pipe band.

‘‘David’s family will be there too. They have been kept well informed and have been involved.”

Bill is hopeful that local people will make full use of it.

He said: “We have cards being printed that will be available at leisure centres so people can pick them up.

‘‘They show the different stations and you can use them to put in how many repetitions you do at each station and the total time at each station. It’s like a golf course score card.

“It’s to get more awareness of what’s there and more enjoyment. The main thing is getting people more active and improve their fitness.

“The trail can be used by groups as well as individuals, and it will always be open.

“We hope to add to the trail over time – this is just the start.

“People got very enthusiastic about it over time when they realised it would be named after David.”

David’s granddaughter Sharyn McKenzie said: “It’s nice that Bill had this idea.

“My family are quite into fitness and all go cycling. My mum’s a life guard at Lasswade Centre, my brother has ran the Edinburgh Marathon, so this seemed to be perfect.

“When Bill offered this it just felt really brilliant and it’s something that the whole community can enjoy. My grandad would be proud.”

The trail was funded by Tesco, Bank of Scotland, Edinburgh Airport, local councillor Bob Constable and the Coal Industry Social Welfare Fund. Midlothian Council will be responsible for maintenance of the trail for ten years.