The title is a little misleading, perhaps I should have called it what happens when an athletic track reaches its best before or use by date.
The track at Claremont Stadium is now 20 years old. Since it was first laid it has had many famous and not so famous feet pounding their way around it. It is the home of Navan Athletic Club and is a second home to many clubs in the County of Meath and in Leinster.
As a member of Navan Athletic Club for over 12 years I know how vital a role it has played in many peoples lives. Athletics is a sport for everyone, regardless of your ability, or your need to compete, many simply run for overall health. The track has been the venue for County and Club Championships, Leinster Championships, Special Olympic training days and events, Meath Local Sports Partnership Courses for walkers, runners and learn to cycle groups, not to mention the many personal trainers who have held courses. All in all over 200 clubs and groups make use of the Stadium on a regular basis.
So when the track became worn and due to bad winters and hot summers it began to show signs of deterioration, we knew a patch up was not going to work. The stadium staff and board began the long search for finding a grant to help put in a new track.The cost of relaying a new track comes in at €260,000. Happily earlier this year, the stadium was given a life line in the form of €180,000 from the Sports Capital program. This means the track will be replaced in July/August this year, Covid 19 Regulations allowing.
Fundraising was planned for various events, bag packs, fun runs, family fitenss challenge etc but with the arrival of Coronavirus all of these plans were put aside.
Our fundraising is now operating courtesy of our fundraising committee and some local volunteers, and donations can be made on our GoFundMe page: New Track 4 Navan.
Team Simon, (in memory of BBC Cameraman Simon Cumbers who was also a Navan AC member ) are working hard to help us with this fundraising and we thank them for their continued support.
Keith Russell, who runs ultra distances for many charities, will wear out yet another pair of shoes running for the new track on Saturday 27th June starting at 12pm and running for 24 hours. Estimated distance 220km. Thank you Keith and his family.
Nichola Duffy, another lady who wears out many pairs of shoes runing great distances is promoting, supporting and giving her time to helping us with this fundraiser, thank you Nichola.