Sedgefield youngsters go the extra mile for running track appeal (From Darlington and Stockton Times)
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Sedgefield youngsters go the extra mile for running track appeal
12:56pm Sunday 8th September 2013 in News
MORE than 30 young runners are preparing to compete in one of the region’s biggest junior races next week to raise funds for a world class athletics facility.
The children are all members of Sedgefield Harriers and are supporting the County Durham club’s Back the Track campaign by being sponsored to complete the Mini or Junior Great North Run on Saturday, September 14.
Sedgefield Harriers launched its Back the Track project earlier this year, revealing ambitious plans to secure a high quality synthetic running track and field events facilities at Sedgefield Community College.
Last week, the club secured outline planning permission for the scheme and members are now fundraising to secure the £500,000 needed to make their dream a reality.
The younger members, who are aged between five and 15-years-old, were determined to help and have been putting in extra training to prepare for the challenge.
Marie Walker’s twin daughters, Abbie and Jenny, nine, are among the youngsters taking part.
“They have been coming for about two years now and absolutely love it,” she said.
“The running track will make such a big difference. Abbie and Jenny have started competing for the club and when we took them to their first competition they had never run on a proper track before.
“Having our own track will improve their confidence and performance and will benefit other clubs, schools and the community as a whole.”
To make a donation to Back the Track contact firstname.lastname@example.org
To find out more about Sedgefield Harriers, visit sedgefieldharriers.com or follow @SedgeHarriers on Twitter.
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