Athletics

Brickfields athletics track finally re-opens after £700,000 upgrade

The Brickfields athletics track has re-opened following a £700,000 upgrade.

The track has been completely re-laid this summer and the long jump, high jump, shot put, throwing cage and water jump have all been refurbished.

The site will also benefit from extra storage facilities and a new hut for officials, as well as a new two-metre perimeter fence and an upgraded CCTV system.

Plymouth’s international hurdler David King has already given it the thumbs up.

“It opened today and so I went down and tried it out and it is good,” said King. “It is much better than it was.”

Council deputy leader Peter Smith said: “I’m delighted that Plymouth can once again boast a high-quality athletics venue, following these major improvement works. It’s not just for super-fit club runners and athletes – it’s a facility that everyone can use.

“We will continue to work with Everyone Active to develop a year-round activity programme that not only supports local clubs and athletes but also includes activities that promote health and wellbeing for all.”

UK Athletics have awarded the outdoor facility ‘Track Mark’ accreditation under their new quality assurance scheme, meaning it is well managed and maintained and accessible to participants of all abilities.

The site attracts more than 18,500 attendances a year from clubs, schools, universities and the MoD and has produced top-class athletes such as British champion King and Commonwealth Games medallist Katherine Endacott. It is also home to the City of Plymouth Athletic Club and is well-used by the Armada Network and other clubs in the region.

Paul Crutchley, chairman of the City of Plymouth Athletic Club, said: “We would like to thank Smith Construction and Plymouth City Council for the refurbishment of the Brickfields track and field facility.

“It is now a really high quality arena that everyone can use come rain or shine. We hope that local organisations, schools and other community groups will utilise these facilities going forward.”

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