Plymouth City Council promise to re-surface Brickfields running track

THE athletics track at Brickfields is to be re-surfaced, Plymouth City Council have confirmed.

The council admit the 400m facility has reached the end of its life span, with cracks appearing in it.

The track is used by clubs, schools, higher education establishments and the MoD.

The council had agreed to allocate £596,991 for the project from within their capital programme.

Council leader Tudor Evans 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 lifetime.

“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.

Meanwhile, wet and windy conditions put a lot of runners off Wednesday’s Armada Winter 3k Series run at Central Park.

However, Plymouth Harriers’ Sam Yearling took victory in 10.02 minutes, with Erme Valley Harriers’ Nathan Brown second in 10.25, Plymouth Harriers Raymond Tew third in 10.40, Plymouth Muskeeteers Scott Mansfield fourth and Plymstock Road Runners’ Graham Bale fifth.

Plymouth Harriers’ Jane Allison was first women in 12.25 minutes. She was followed by Tamar Trotters Imogen Rickard in second and Annett Rickard in third.

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