Work has started on replacing Salisbury’s worn-out all-weather running track and should be completed in September, according to Karen Mundell, secretary at City of Salisbury Athletics and Running Club
Karen said: “Salisbury and Wilton are 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.”
While the improvement work is underway, the club’s athletes continue their evening training sessions on the grass track at Britford Lane, thanks to the generosity of landowners Bishop Wordsworth’s School.
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.