ON HOLIDAY in Majorca, trying out a Segway was just a bit of fun for Thorner’s Glenn Bevons.
But the excursion along the beaches and among the hills of the Mediterranean island planted a seed of an idea which germinated into a concept for a new business.
And, today, Seggy Segway is open to customers willing to try out the wacky and innovative form of transport - and even to test their mettle over a series of obstacles including logs, sand and even a little mud.
“People might think they’re quite hard to use as it looks like you need to have a pretty good sense of balance to ride on one,” said Glenn. “However, a Segway is actually a really clever bit of kit which does all that for you - and then uses its in-built technology to try to mimic the movements you make. Usually, it only takes a minute or two to get the hang of the controls - and then you’re off.”
Seggy Segway offers different packages and courses, depending on the riders’ confidence and ability.
“For me, one of the most satisfying things has been watching people having so much fun. The most frequent comment we get afterwards is: ‘That was brilliant!’ “ People just seem to love them,” said Glenn.
Seggy Segway - based in Thorner - is an off-shoot of 43-year-old Glenn’s other business, run with partner Lucy.
Bubble Swim School has been established for over 20 years and will be familiar to many who have learned to swim at leisure centres around Leeds.
Glenn be lives teaching youngsters the basic swimming strokes has helped him to develop a coaching style which also works with parties who book the Segways.
“We do kids’ parties, stag dos and hen parties but hope we can build up a bit more business in the corporate market too,” said Glenn. “We’re already speaking to Hazlewood Castle but we’d love to hear from other venues with a bit of space who might want to book us to help them do a walking tour with a difference.”