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Nov 16, 2017

Posted by: IanI

Danny Champion of the World!


World Championship Gold Medallist, Danny Talbot, is excited to be invited to open new Floodlit Training track facility at Trowbridge Rugby Football club (TRFC) on Sunday 19th November at 2pm.   London Stadium 12th August 2017, Great Britain delivered a shock victory as Usain Bolt's stunning career ended in injury.  The British quartet of CJ Ujah, Adam Gemili, Talbot and Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake pipped the United States to gold in a world-leading 37.47 seconds - also a new European record.  The USA took silver in 37.52secs and Japan the bronze.

 AVR first started training at TRFC’s Doric Park and made it their home in late 2013. It was during initial discussions between the clubs that the concept for a training track was born. 

 The new training track is an all-weather facility built in partnership between Avon Valley Runners (AVR) and TRFC.  The 400m track circumnavigates the floodlit rugby pitch at TRFC’s Doric park site. It is a great benefit to both clubs and the community. It provides an all-year round,  safe, secure training facility for all ages and abilities, as well as an easily accessible area for spectating. The track will augment the excellent facilities at Doric Park allowing existing members to diversify their training and help to recruit new members.

 The training track has been funded by grants, donations and much fundraising by AVR and TRFC, Danny donated much of his TeamGB Rio 2016 kit for auction to help raise funds for the track and his father, Richard Talbot, is a runner with AVR.  

 Danny now lives in Loughborough where he trains but this is Danny’s first public appearance in his home town of Trowbridge since winning his gold medal in August at the London 2017 World Championships.   Danny will be clad in his TeamGB kit and available for photos on the day.

 Danny will cut the ribbon for the track at 2pm then we have a series of short events to follow where Danny will be guest starter.   A select team of AVR and TRFC athletes will attempt to beat Mo Farah’s British 5000 metre record using 9 athletes in a relay to complete 50 x 100m legs. A select ladies team from AVR will then attempt to beat Paula Radcliffe’s British Record in a similar relay event.

At 2.30pm we will invite teams (of four) from AVR, TRFC and members of the public to emulate Danny’s 4 x 100 metre success by taking part in time trials (one team at a time) of 4 x 100m and winners will walk home with prizes, best all male, best all female and best mixed (2 male. 2 female).

 In summary:- 

Date: Sunday 19th November.

Time: 2pm.

Venue: Trowbridge Rugby FC, Doric Park, Hilperton, Trowbridge BA14 6JB

Challenges on the track on the day:-

1.       To break the British record (Relay style) for 5000 metres for men – Mo Farah’s record is 12mins 53secs *

2.       To break the British record (Relay style) for 5000 metres for women – Paula Radcliffe’s record is 14mins 29secs *

3.       Groups of four are invited (open to public) to attempt 4 x 100 metre time trials, prizes for the winning Male, female and mixed (2 men & 2 women) teams.

*2 Teams including junior, senior and veteran athletes (9 male and 9 female)  have been specially selected to attempt this and will be coached prior by Danny Talbot.


For further information please email or call.



Sean Price

Event Coordinator

AVR/TRFC Floodlit Training Track Facility

m: 07738 675390