Locals call on Coe to save Carn Brea

Athletes and coaches turn to Seb Coe for help in preventing demolition of Cornish track

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Concerns as to the health of athletics at club level just six months after the Olympics took place on home soil appear to be growing, with Carn Brea set to be the latest casualty.

The news follows the proposed demolition of Don Valley Stadium in Sheffield and Mansfield Harriers’ well-publicised plight which has seen them locked out of their track in Berry Hill Park this winter, as well as more recent confirmation that Belgrave Harriers’ men’s team has been forced to withdraw from the British Athletics League.

Not willing to accept Cornwall Council’s proposals to either scrap or relocate Carn Brea, one of only two all-weather tracks in Cornwall, locals have called on Seb Coe, chairman of the British Olympic Association and former MP for Falmouth and Camborne, to help save their track.

The Carn Brea track, which is in the Camborne and Redruth area less than 30 miles from Land’s End, has been used over the years by athletes such as Dave Buzza, Jonathan Richards and Olympic rowing champion Helen Glover.

But it now faces an uncertain future and tragically the club have said that for the first time ever it has a waiting list for young athletes to join – almost certainly due to the London 2012 factor. A decision is due by the council this month.

Alan Rowling from Cornwall AC said: “The track had a large investment a few years ago when it was resurfaced and is now in much better condition, with no major cost implication for the next ten years.

“Surely this scale of investment needs to be looked after rather than bulldozed out of existence.”

» For full details on the Carn Brea story see this week’s edition of AW, out February 7

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