Ten years on the fast track

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - OPINION -

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

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