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You wait 16 months for a Race and 2 come along together! My last race was the Thirsk 10 mile, it seems like a lifetime ago. Many of you may have already had your first race of the year in club colours, this was to be mine. Once it was confirmed the Durham City Run …
So where do I start? One Sunday morning running with Pete (a surprise I know lol), we started discussing races and potential times. I said ideally this year I wanted a 50 minute 10K, and with currently running well, Pete said he would happily pace me round. Bonus, I thought, not knowing how my idea …
This race had been a long time coming, as I had entered Manchester Marathon in 2020 but we all know what happened there… fast forward a year and the appetite to want to run the marathon distance was still there. With all the large races cancelled or likely to be with Covid restrictions I looked …
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East Durham Community Athletics Track
Since 2010, Sedgefield Harriers has been involved in a project to develop a local track and field facility for club members and other community groups to use. Working in partnership with stakeholder organisations on a steering group, our aspiration is to establish the track on the northern edge of Sedgefield, on Durham County Council land that is part of the NETPark site. The East Durham Community Athletics Track (EDCAT) will provide much needed facilities for all ages and abilities from communities throughout East Durham.
Inevitably, for a project of this scale, there are many stages, from the initial idea, through to the moment when there is a track in place that can be used, with numerous hurdles to clear along the way. Happily, huge progress has been made since the idea was first introduced and the steering group is optimistic that, subject to a successful planning application, work on the facility can begin in 2021. The club and other partners have raised funds that will allow the first phase of the project to proceed, which is exciting for all involved. To fully realise the EDCAT vision, the steering group will continue to explore additional funding options and the club will actively support that work.
If you would like to learn more about the East Durham Community Athletics Track project, please contact Ean Parsons, chair of the steering group, on email@example.com.
EasyFundraising for EDCAT
Next time you make an online purchase, anything from a new pair of running shorts to a round the world holiday, you can donate to FoSH for free simply by signing up to EasyFundraising and clicking to your chosen web store through them. FoSH (Friends of Sedgefield Harriers) is the charitable trust leading the fund and awareness raising for EDCAT.
How it works – EasyFundraising are signed up with thousands of retailers as an “affiliate”, which means they take a percentage of the value of any purchases made with those retailers for any customers who click through from their links. By signing up with EasyFundraising you are able to direct a portion of that commission to a charity of your choice.
If you regularly shop online and would like to help FoSH raise funds for a running track in Sedgefield you can sign up with EasyFundraising by clicking on the banner below. Then, every time you shop online, if you click through to your chosen store via the FoSH EasyFundraising page you will be raising money for Back the Track.
Some examples of stores you can raise funds with at no extra cost to you:
- First Choice
- Thomas Cook
- John Lewis