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News Archive > Sport > Par track back open to public

Par track back open to public

By Gareth Rowett 24th May 2017

Par track back open to public
ON TRACK: Dave Varney at the refurbished Par Running Track

PAR Running Track is open for business once again and in time for the summer athletic season after the resurfacing was completed last week.

The keys were handed over last Friday, more than a week ahead of schedule.

The Voice caught up with Newquay and Par Athletic Club stalwart Dave Varney on Friday as he got his hands on the keys to the track.

The team was taken on a tour of the new track and were impressed with the work that has been carried out in the last few weeks.

A delighted Mr Varney said: “It has taken about six weeks in total.

“We’ve trained on it and it has gone back to what it was like when it was first laid, 17 years ago. They have done an excellent job.”

The first event on the track will be on July 21 when the club hosts their annual  five-star and senior pentathlon and they are expecting big numbers to turn out for the event and on training nights.

Dave Varney added: “It’ll be good to get everyone back here now, we’ve been training at Poltair and at Carn Brea, all over the place really, and it is good that we can get back on the track and back down to business.

“It is also nice for the wheelchair guys as they can get back to training now too.”

GLL will take on the running of the track for the next 12 months before Par Track Limited, a charity set up by the local community, take control.

The improvement works were carried out by specialist contractor Bernhards Sports Surfaces following a survey last April that confirmed a full resurface of the athletics track, which was laid in 2000, was required.

As well as resurfacing the track, Cornwall Council commissioned Bernhards to update other items to ensure the whole site is fit for purpose in the future.

This included installing a new hammer/discus cage and a throwing circle which has a disabled fixing point.

By Gareth Rowett 24th May 2017

Stephen jarvis 25th May 2017 07:15
So happy right now, been a tough season preparing for the world transplant games in Malaga next month, it´s tough training on a beech, but finally the track is back open in time for me to get some speed work in. Roll on the games as I´m feeling confident. Thanks Newquay and Par athletics for your support.
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