New running track is the prize for Salisbury

Breaking news! City of Salisbury Athletics and Running Club and South Wilts Grammar School are winners of a major investment in the area’s sports facilities following an announcement from Sport England.

It means the worn-out running track at Five Rivers leisure centre is to be replaced as soon as possible, in a project costing a total of £142,000.

That sum is being met by the National Lottery fund for sport, putting up over £65,000, with £50,000 from Wiltshire Council, £15,000 from Salisbury area board, £7,500 from the city’s athletics club, and £5,000 from Salisbury Local Youth Network.

South Wilts’ head Michele Chilcot said: “We’re delighted to have secured this investment which means that we can replaced the existing track. It’s in major need of repair.

Lee Ness, chairman of the athletics and running club added: “It’s wonderful news for sport in the region.

“We aim to create more training opportunities for runners and athletes of all ages and help ensure that the new facility – one of only two in the whole of Wiltshire that’s accessible to the public – can be used seven days a week.

“In addition to our own extensive track-based coaching programmes, the club can now look forward to staging athletics events ranging from our county championships and schools events to fixtures geared specially for newcomers to the sport.”

For Wiltshire Council, cabinet member for leisure Jonathon Seed commented: “I’m delighted we’ve been able to help with this project and safeguard the future of a well-used sporting facility.”