Running track to be extended wider and lanes marked out

Running track to be extended wider and lanes marked out

by Tom Martin (July 2020)

A COMMUNITY project to reinstate a running track on Rimrose Valley Country Park will continue with plans to now make it wider and mark out the lanes.

A group of volunteers and community groups began work on restoring the athletics track, in the ‘Chaffers’ section of the park’, during lockdown and it has become a big hit with locals in recent months.

There are now plans to excavate the full 8m width of the track and mark out lanes.

Some of the groups involved in the project include Jamie Carragher’s charity, the 23 Foundation, as well as his brother John Carragher, who is a representative of Marsh Lane Harriers running club.

John said: “We are bowled over by how popular this project has been.  At times, the track can be quite busy, so widening it is an obvious next step.  We have big plans for further improvements on this site and look forward to working with Rimrose Valley Friends and Sefton Council to deliver these in the future.”

Sarah Edey, Co-leader of Rimrose Runners and Trustee of Rimrose Valley Friends said: “The running track has been an amazing success and is a positive story to have come out of the difficult times we’ve had recently. 

“It has given clubs like ours a completely new way of training, without having to leave the safety of Rimrose Valley and the clean air and beautiful surroundings it provides.  We’re really grateful to everyone who is making this project happen.”

Rimrose Valley users are still being urged by Save Rimrose Valley to take part in a survey to say what the park means to you.

This will then be sent to the Planning Inspectorate in a bid to block plans to build a road through the park.

To see the survey, visit www.saverimrosevalley.org

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