Ten years on the fast track
ASHFORD’S Julie Rose Stadium will celebrate its 10th birthday with a day of family activities on Saturday.
Named after a local middle-distance runner who was killed in an American air crash in 1985, it was opened by Paralympian Tanni Grey-Thompson a decade ago and is now regarded as one of the finest athletics facilities in the country.
Built by Ashford council for £3.4 million, it has hosted international athletics meetings and been visited by sporting luminaries including Colin Jackson, Dame Kelly Holmes and Sir Steve Redgrave.
Commonwealth Games 1,500metre champion Lisa Dobriskey honed her skills on the Julie Rose track as a member of Ashford Athletics Club.
There are around 20 athletics meetings at the stadium every season and it is in regular use by schools and track and field clubs.
As well as the running track with an 800-seat grandstand, there is a large indoor sports facility, a multi-use games area, a fitness studio and a function room which is a popular wedding and conference venue.
Free events for the stadium’s 10th birthday celebrations include athletics, basketball and football sessions aimed at children aged five to 15 years and aerobics for all ages, between 10am and 12.45pm.
There will also be an opportunity to join the gym for half price on the day.
For full information call the stadium on 01233 613131.
Lisa Dobriskey, who trained at the Julie Rose Stadium, shows off her gold medal