Northampton athletic club left without a track for year

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The chairman of the a Northampton athletics club said it was “frustrating” young athletes had been left without a track in the town to train on for the next year.

The athletics club is currently based next to Sixfields Stadium, but is being forced to move out due to the redevelopment of the area.

The club is planning to move to a site at Moulton College which is expected to be finished by next spring.

Mark Exley, chairman of the Rugby and Northampton Athletics Club, said members would be using a variety of facilities in the Northampton area for training sessions until the Moulton facility was ready.

Mr Exley said the club would be using facilities at Caroline Chisholm School, Northamptonshire County Cricket Club and Campion School in Bugbrooke. Members would also use the club’s other track facility in Rugby.

Mr Exley said: “It is not ideal as it breaks the club up and pushes people off in different directions. All our athletes will no longer be in the same place. We had a meteoric rise in the number of members before and after the London 2012 Olympics. There was a massive Olympic effect and we had a 30 per cent uplift in membership.

“It is an end of an era for us, as a lot of people have been training here for 20 years. It is frustrating we have this period without a town facility. Across the summer we will cope but in the winter the sprinters need a track to train on. The main challenge is going to be to make sure we maintain the membership level.”