Press Report: Track gets a clean-up

WEST CHESHIRE Athletic Club members are making sure their home track and field arena is ready for action.

Volunteers from the Ellesmere Port Sports Village-based outfit prepared the track, throws and jumps areas on Sunday before the club returns for training sessions next week.

West Cheshire AC decided to stop regular training sessions on the site in March due to the outbreak of Covid-19 and the site has remained out of bounds to all users since then.

But the Club has been working closely with Brio Leisure during the last few months to make sure members can feel comfortable and safe when training sessions resume.

And Club committee member, Dennis Wall, admitted he is excited and delighted that athletes can once again step foot on the Ellesmere Port Sports Village Athletics Track.

“A lot of hard work from Club members was achieved on Sunday during a Track Tidy Day and it was great to see the facility beginning to look back to its best,” Dennis said.

“Helpers brushed the track, dug over and levelled the sand pit, pulled weeds up from path edges, filled divots on the infield, trimmed overhanging tree branches, and bagged litter.

“The Club is proud of the fantastic track and field facility where we train and compete, and it was great to see everyone pulling together.

“And Club members and friends are being invited to visit the site this Sunday for another Track Tidy Day between 10am and 4pm – a day before the Club returns for training.”

West Cheshire AC will return in smaller numbers than before lockdown because of current England Athletics restrictions for training sessions and competition.   

Dennis added: “I know a lot of our members are itching to get back on the site and it will be great to see them return, but in a safe and comfortable way.

“Because of current England Athletics guidelines the club is restricted to the number of people who can train in groups, so West Cheshire AC has received permission from Brio Leisure to extend the number of days we can use the facility.

“As well as our Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday block bookings for the track, West Cheshire AC will also use the track on Mondays and Wednesdays to ensure all age groups can be accommodated.

“I’m hoping these small steps benefit everyone’s physical and mental health before we can hopefully see the restrictions eventually being relaxed.

“Only fully paid up Club members will be invited by Club coaches to attend West Cheshire AC training sessions, and anyone wanting to join the Club needs to look at the website link at: https://www.westcheshireac.co.uk/membership/

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