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£50k fundraiser to restore running track

£50k fundraiser to restore running track

by Tom Martin (February 2021)

A £50,000 fundraiser has been started to help restore a running track in Rimrose Valley Country Park so it can reach its “full potential”. 

The Champion reported last year how the athletics track, in the ‘Chaffers’ section of the large park, was returned to its former glory by volunteers and community groups.

Some of the groups involved included Jamie Carragher’s charity, the 23 Foundation, Rimrose Valley Friends, Rimrose Runners club and Marsh Lane Harriers running club.

John Carragher, the brother of Liverpool legend Jamie, has now started a £50,000 fundraiser online to make it even more attractive for the community.

He posted on a GoFundMe page: “We are a local community running club called Marsh Lane Harriers. We formed in January 2019 with 5 members and we now have over 200 members and we are affiliated by England athletics.

“As a club we have restored Rimrose Valley (Chaffers) running track to some extent, with great feedback and appreciation from the local community. This was achieved through the efforts and time of our club members, with very little funding.

“After the success of this it was clear to us that the track was more than just a running track, it became a community hub for people battling through there mental health issues due to the world wide health pandemic. 

“Now we are looking to restore the running track to its full potential. To do this we will need funding and donations.”

Volunteers are taking on a range of challenges to help meet the target.

For more information and to donate, visit the website: https://uk.gofundme.com/f/refurbishment-of-chaffers-running-track

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