Crookham Common Athletic Track gets full funds for safety upgrades

Crookham Common Athletics TrackMembers of Newbury Athletic Club and Team Kennet using Crookham Common Athletic Track will notice improvements in the next few months as they train for races and other events.

The track is getting a well-deserved safety upgrade which will enhance the current facilities and make it a draw for current and new sporting talent.

The group needs funding to help cover the cost of replacing the hammer and discus and shot putt circles, as well as a new spike cover for the high jump bed, and new high jump cross bars.   New netting, with a pulley system, will direct hammers and discuses right towards the centre of the infield.

Greenham Common Trust has stepped in and provided the full amount of £7,616 for the team to carry out the works.

Ray Herbert, member of the Crookham Common Athletic Club Committee, said: “We are extremely grateful for this grant.

“The money means the committee can enhance some of the existing facilities at the track, for the first time in a number of years. This will be beneficial to the many club athletes of all ages who regularly use the track for training purposes.

“This is an ongoing project for the committee to ensure that the safety and maintenance standards can be brought up to UK Athletics level."

Chris Boulton, Chief Executive of Greenham Common Trust, said: “We are pleased we can meet the full asking amount needed by Crookham Common Athletic Track. After our success in the 2016 Olympics, we need to provide the right environment for athletes of the future, so they can train safely in state of the art surroundings.”

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