Chichester Runners and Chichester College are working together on an exciting project to build a new running track for the local community. The project got planning permission in Nov 2020 and is now proceeding towards construction.
Why Build a Track?
Chichester Runners is a big club with a lot of runners. Finding safe, well-lit places to train in winter is a major problem. Particularly, for the junior part of the club. We need a new facility.
What’s The Plan?
The track will be a 300m circuit with an all-weather polymeric surface, marked out for three 900mm wide lanes. Two of the corners will be banked and match a standard 200m indoor circuit. The other corner will be the same as a standard 400m track. Our runners will be able to practise for all kinds of races. There will be a separate 75m 3 x 1.2m sprint straight and an all-weather warm up area suitable for high jump. The area will be floodlit, so usable all year round.
How Much Will It Cost?
Approximately £300k. About 40% of that will come from reserves built-up by the club over many years. We are actively fund-raising for the rest.
Why Chichester College?
Adding a track to the sports facilities already at the College and the nearby Westgate Leisure Centre will create an even stronger community sports hub in that area. For the club, working with a partner that already has the land, plenty of parking, changing rooms and a sports pavilion helps to keep the costs to an achievable level.
Did You Consider Alternative Locations?
Yes. Building a track has been a goal of the club for many years and we have talked to all the obvious potential partners.