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Nov 28, 2017

Posted by: WarrenW

After the ribbon was cut by Danny, who had previously held a warm-up and stretching drills session for the runners and spectators, AVR’s Sean Price organised several activities throughout the afternoon. These included an attempt to break Mo Farah and Paula Radcliffe’s British 5000m records as a 50x100m relay with each runner doing several 100m legs. The men not only smashed Mo’s record, they even broke the world record while doing so. The women also broke Paula’s British record. Following the 50 x 100m relays came the 4x100m relays; male, female and mixed gender. Medals and prizes were given out by Danny to the winners of each category.

In attendance were Wiltshire Council’s Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Sport, Councillor Jerry Kunkler and Wiltshire Council’s West Sports Development Officer, Danny Geeson and Councillor Steve Oldrieve. Representing Trowbridge Town Council were Head of Leisure and Information Services, Hayley Bell and Councillor Bob Brice.

The project is the result of a groundbreaking partnership between TRFC and AVR resulting in enhanced facilities for all members.

With a shortage of safe, floodlit all-weather facilities in the area it will develop inclusive sports and will no doubt encourage more people from the community to take part in and spectate sport at Doric Park. It will be especially useful to our junior members who will be able to train in total safety at their Monday evening session without having to go off-site.

The work was undertaken by Bretton King and his Malmesbury-based groundworks company, Ecosolve Turfcare. TRFC Honorary Social Coordinator and AVR Webmaster and Vice President, Andrew Hoddinott, liaised between the clubs and assisted with the planning application. Also involved were Chris Lamb, Finance and Administration Manager, TRFC, Nobby Knight, TRFC’s groundsman and from AVR, Warren Wade, Ian Isaacs and Rich Ayling.

The track is 400m long and 3m wide “Redgra” surfaced, sited around the perimeter of a floodlit rugby pitch and is suitable for all-year-round use.

AVR embarked on a huge fundraising drive in 2016 raising money by holding various social events such as raffles, karaoke nights and bingo throughout 2016 and 2017. We have also hosted several races and money raised from those well-supported events was put towards the cost of the track.

Earlier this year we applied to Wiltshire Council’s Area Boards and were delighted to be awarded £5000 from Trowbridge and £2000 from Westbury. Other funding came from Trowbridge Town Council who gave us a grant of £1000, Asda and Waitrose.