Well it’s 3 months and 5 days since we last stepped on to the athletics track in Salisbury to train.
From the club’s perspective life continues to be difficult, with the young, the vulnerable and those with disabilities the most adversely affected.
But with every dark cloud comes a silver lining and we have realised (putting a certain school aside) what a wonderful community we live in.
Take for example Salisbury fire station: not only did they allow us to coach our young quad kids and under 13’s in their station yard during some evenings before Christmas but now they have also stepped forward to rescue the Salisbury 10mile road race scheduled for 8th April.
Traditionally this hugely popular race starts and finishes on the athletics track but obviously the lock-out since November 9th put a threat against our planning for the 2018 event. So the fire station has come to the rescue and the race, manned by 100 volunteers and friends from the running community, will now avoid any use of the track and instead will start and finish by the fire station.
It is really important that this race goes ahead as planned – part of the Hampshire League fixture list, it’s already sold out with 950 entries from all over the south, but it also raises money for great local charities. So a massive thank you from the club to the fire station for enabling this to happen despite our little local difficulty.
We also wish to thank Salisbury football club for loaning us their venue for our recent very well-attended EGM. The huge support we’ve received from other sports clubs in Salisbury is a further, real boost and we stand alongside those of them that normally use the track and now share our pain – Salisbury Tri Club, IIF, Sarum Sisters, Stonehenge Tri, Salisbury beginner runners and the fantastic parkrunners.
The messages of support from the hundreds of other England Athletics affiliated running clubs up and down the country is overwhelming and we really appreciate the support from EA.
Some 3 months after the lock-out was imposed, the club is still being messaged and encouraged from across our local community whether it is members of the local scout group, other schools, Salisbury City and Wiltshire Councillors, neighbours to the track in Stratford Road, club alumni, ex school governors and disability groups.
Let’s see if we can make the track available for every child and adult in the community again soon!