Work began on Monday, July 8 to improve Salisbury’s running track and athletics park.
Resurfacing, improved layout for field events to UK Athletics standards, disability access, new a discus cage and electrical supply to the finish line to enhance timing, are among the scheduled improvements.
South Wilts Grammar School, and City of Salisbury Athletics and Running Club have welcomed the Wiltshire Council-sponsored initiative.
Michele Chilcott, Headteacher, South Wilts Grammar School said: “We anticipate the new running track will open mid-September and look forward to the refurbishment providing excellent sports facilities for the school and the community.”
Karen Mundell, City of Salisbury Athletics and Running Club secretary, 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 – they will get the good quality facilities they deserve.”
Through an agreement with the school, CSARC, a volunteer-led athletics club, will get increased access to the track and can continue developing opportunities for people of all ages and abilities to engage in sport.
South Wilts Grammar School provided the land and will management the facility. Wiltshire Council provided £154,650 of funding; City of Salisbury Athletics and Running Club will pay the school £7,500 towards re-laying the track, and Salisbury City Council and Salisbury Area Board have contributed £20,000. The Athletics and Running Club will pay fees of an estimated £110,000 over a 10-year period, which the school will put towards maintenance costs. The school will not make a profit from usage fees.
Pictured: City of Salisbury young athletes (L to R ) Georgia Clarke, Josh Taylor and Amelia Lewis backed by Karen Mundell, Hillary Angell, Cllr Ricky Rogers, Cllr John Thomson, Mayor of Salisbury John Walsh, Chris Child, Michelle Chilcott and Louise Cary at the track on the day work begins.