Work begins on Salisbury running track
I'm delighted that we've reached a stage where the improvements are ready to take place. When completed, this important facility will benefit the community enormously by encouraging people to keep fit and healthyJohn Thomson, former Wiltshire Council cabinet member for leisure
South Wiltshire athletes will soon be able to compete and train on a first-class facility, as work began this week (Monday 8 July) to improve the running track.
As well as the track resurfacing, the works will see an improved layout for field events, ensuring compliance with current UK Athletics standards, including the provision of disability access, plus the introduction of a discus cage and electrical supply to the finish line, which will enhance timing.
John Thomson, former Wiltshire Council cabinet member for leisure said: "I'm delighted that we've reached a stage where the improvements are ready to take place. When completed, this important facility will benefit the community enormously by encouraging people to keep fit and healthy.
"I would like to personally thank South Wilts Grammar School, The City of Salisbury Athletics and Running Club and all the officers involved with this project, as we overcame a number of challenges to deliver this refurbished track."
Michele Chilcott, Headteacher, South Wilts Grammar School said: "Our contractors, Bernhard's Sports Surfaces Limited, will begin work on 8 July. We anticipate the new running track will open mid-September and look forward to this refurbishment providing excellent sports facilities for the school and the community."
Jeremy Nettle, Leader of Salisbury City Council said: "I am delighted to be a part of this project to bring this running track up to a high standard facility that benefits all the community. I know we have all struggled in the past to ensure that this valuable asset is properly maintained and I am very grateful to all those that have made this come to fruition. I look forward to seeing more of our athletes go on to fulfil their dreams."
Karen Mundell, Secretary at City of Salisbury Athletics and Running Club said: "Salisbury is in the midst of a huge boom in running and the club is at the heart of it. This is the city's only 400m track and we see its upgrading as vital. It will provide the ever increasing numbers taking part in this most accessible sport - whether they are fully fledged international athletes or newcomers, able bodied or disabled, young or old - the good quality facilities they deserve."
Through its usage agreement with the school, City of Salisbury Athletics and Running Club, a volunteer-led athletics club, will now enjoy increases access to the track and go on developing opportunities for people of all ages and abilities to engage in sport.