Motor sporting youths get training boost thanks to district leisure trust

Max Coates, front, and Jonathan Richardson busy in the gym.
Max Coates, front, and Jonathan Richardson busy in the gym.
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Two up-and-coming motor sports athletes have been given a training boost as part of the Richmondshire Leisure Trust’s Talented Athlete Scheme.

Max Coates, 18, of Scorton, and Jonathan Richardson, 17, of Skeeby, have been given a year-long membership to train at Liberty Health Club in Richmond.

Max races in the Ginetta GT Supercup, a support series to the British Touring Car Championships, and so far this year he has had four wins in the first nine races with six podium finishes.

Jonathan is a competitor in World Trials Championship, riding for the Repsol-backed Honda/Montesa Spanish trials factory team and the Pidcock Honda team in the UK. Unfortunately Jonathan crashed heavily in training six months ago and has undergone two major operations to reconstruct the damaged knee joint but is currently using the gym for light training.

“Max and Jonathan have very specific fitness requirements,” said Allen Meffen, gym instructor and personal trainer.

“Both need to be relatively light but Jonathan needs good power in his arms, legs and core where as Max needs good endurance and a strong neck to cope with the g-forces.

“It’s been new and exciting to look at different exercises to develop them both but we have the facilities to do just that.”