Re-laying the track for relays and running

Deputy leader Pete Smith and Julian Egan, contracts manager at Everyone Active with some rather worn out track.

We’re re-laying the track at Brickfields so that the city’s athletes can keep on running!

The 400-metre track surface has reached the end of its life span and has deteriorated over the last few years, with cracks appearing.

The track attracts over 18,500 attendances a year with significant use from schools, the universities, and MOD.  It is also home to the City of Plymouth Athletics Club and the Armada Network (representing 11 local running clubs) frequently hire it.

Council leader Tudor Evans has fired the starting gun for the project by allocating £596,991 for the project within the Council’s capital programme. He said: “If we do not do the work, the track will be unusable. A city of this size needs an all-weather athletics track and field facility.  This is not just for the super-fit club runners and athletes. This facility is about making sure we have somewhere for our young people to try out sports and get into habits that will last a life time.
“We are trying to improve people’s health across the city and providing decent facilities that people want to use is pretty important.”

The works, which is expected to last for three months, needs to be carried out when the ground is free of frost.  A working group, which includes club representatives will be consulted about the proposed programme.