The refurbished facilities are taking shape. Here’s club chairman Damien Pitts on its progress …
Days 15: 17 March 2017
The new metal frame for the hammer throwing circle has now been concreted into place, just awaiting the circle to be filled next. The metal frame for the shot put throwing circle has been put in place and will be concerted in next.
The edging around the long jump pit has now been removed.
Work continues on the tarmac path round the outside of the track with the path being cleared of moss.
Day 18: 22 March 2017
Today three quarters of the track resurface was removed, this is the red layer of the track that is being resurfaced. The only remaining part of this track surface is the first bend and high jump/pole vault area.
The first layer of cider has now been put down on the shot put throwing area and the outside edge of the shot put throwing circle has now been concreted.
Day 20: 24 March 2017
The top surface of the track has now been removed and work has started on replacing the long jump pit.
Work has also continued on clearing the moss on the tarmac path round the outside of the track.
Day 23: 29 March 2017
The shot put throwing area, throwing circle and hammer circle are now finished and ready for inspection.
The long jump pit has now been replaced and started to be filled with sand. The outer edge of the long jump pit will be put in place soon.
The base layer of the track has now been cleaned and the tarmac path round the outside of the track has now been completely cleared of moss.
Day 25: 31 March 2017
The long jump pit has now been completed and filled with sand. The outside of the pit has now been filled in with topsoil and grass seed has been sown.
I will be attending the first progress meeting on Tuesday, with the council, school and contractors. This meeting will include a site walk-around, so will get some more close up photos of the hammer circle and shot put area.
Day 27: 4 April 2017
This morning I attended a progress meeting between the council, school and contractors. The works are on track and are still aiming for completion mid May, however the next phase of work is all weather dependant.
The contractors confirmed the below at the meeting:
• Hammer throwing circle is due to be inspected this afternoon and is expected to pass the UKA standard
• Shot put throwing area is now complete. Once the hammer throwing circle has passed the inspection, the top layer will be added to the shot put throwing circle, as these need to be to the same standard.
• The steeplechase water jump has been tested and cleaned.
• Long jump pit has been made deeper, more drainage added and the grass area around the pit has been levelled.
• The grass has been re-edged around the inside and outside of the track. The inside track curb and tarmac path round the outside of the track has now been fully pressure washed.
• The top track surface has been removed and the base layer is very good condition. There are no repairs needed for the base layer.
The track top surface materials have arrived on site and work commenced this morning on replacing the track area around the pole vault bed areas. Work will commence on the track top surface in the next couple of days, but this is dependent on weather conditions.
Once the new top track surface has been laid, this will then be sprayed red and line marking will commence.
Day 31: 8 April 2017
No I haven’t got the date wrong for the update, as the contractors were at the track today (yes a Saturday) to make the most of the good weather.
The hammer circle passed its inspection on Tuesday afternoon and now the shot put throwing circle has been completed.
The top surface of the track has been laid in the hammer circle, inside track area by the hammer cage/shot put and steeplechase jump, as well as the inside area (ie high jump and pole vault area). The contractors started work this morning on the main track top surface by the high jump area.
Day 33: 11 April 2017
The contractors have been making the most of the good weather and have laid 95% of the black top surface of the track now. Around 50 metres is left on the home straight.
The next stage will be to add to a thin layer of red resin on top of the black surface and then painting will commence.