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Sandy Athletic Track Resurface Diary

On Wednesday 22 February, I confirmed at the club AGM and via email that the track resurface would be commencing on the week commencing 27 February and the completion date is week commencing 15 May. Although the completion date is subject to weather conditions. As well as confirming that I will be attending regular progress meeting until the track resurface is complete and providing you with updates on this forum and the club Facebook page.

I have set up this forum thread in order to provide regular updates to you over the next couple of months whilst the track resurface is being completed.

If you do have any questions on any of the updates that I post, please do not hesitate to contact me in person or via email – chairman@biggleswadeac.org.uk

Re: Sandy Athletic Track Resurface Diary

Day 1 – 27 February 2017

Today as agreed the contractor for the track resurface has arrived on site and have been busy already.

You will now see construction traffic and safety signs as you get close to and at the school. A temporary fence has been put up in the back / Astro Turf car park closest, in order for them to access the site, as well as some boarding between this car park and the track, for the contractor to access the track, to protect the ground.

A temporary fence has stated to be erected around the track, two containers, a excavator and dumper are now on site. As well as the inside metal rail on the track has been removed.

Thank you to Peter, Ken and Nigel on Saturday, for helping me move the hurdles, moving the two shelters and packing away the metal stacks and cones around the track, in order for the contractors to commence work.

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Day 2 – 28 February 2017

It turns out that the excavator broke down yesterday, so a mechanic was out today to fix this, however the contractors have continued their work on the track.

The long jump run up has started to be pulled up, work has started on the hammer/discs and shot put jump areas. A section of the fence has been taken down at the end of the home straight, in order to drive onto the track and the temporary fence has continued to be up around the track today, as works continues on the track.

I have added a few photos from today onto the club Facebook page.

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Day 4 – 02 March 2017

The first inspection of the work has been completed by Central Beds Council and all is on track, pardon the pun!

The track surfaces on the long jump run up and around the hammer/discs cage. The inner hammer/disc circle has not been completely dug out and the shot put throwing area has now been marked out, in order for this to be dug out.

The steeplechase water jump has been filled up with water today to test if there are any leaks in the wall of the jump, so that these can be repaired, before the whole water jump is resealed.

Work has also started on the tarmac path on the outside of the track.
I have added a few more photos from today onto the club Facebook page.

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Day 6 – 04 March 2017

The shot put circle has now been completely dug out and 4 sections of the tarmac path on the outside of the track have now been dug up. No further sections of the path are due to be dug up.

A big thank you to the few that came down this morning to help move the Pole Vault and High Jump beds – who knew sponges could be so heavy!!

I have added more photos from today onto the club Facebook page.

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Day 8 – 08 March 2017

The steeplechase water jump passed its initial inspection last week for any leaks.

The grass on the inside of the track has started to be cleared away from the track, as well as the grass on the outside edge of the tarmac path that runs around the outside of the track. A pressure washer has started to be used on the tarmac path as well.

The long jump pit has now been empted of sand and is ready for inspection.
The shot putt throwing area has now been dug out and the boarding is started to be around the outside edge of the throwing area.

I have added a couple more photos from today onto the club Facebook page.

Re: Sandy Athletic Track Resurface Diary

So is the track ok to use yet Damien???

:-) Ha Ha Ha!!

Neilh

Re: Sandy Athletic Track Resurface Diary

Day 10 – 10 March 2017

All of the soil from the shot putt throwing area has now been removed and the base layer has now been installed.

Work has also continued on the clearing of the concrete curbing on the inside of the track with a pressure washer and the grass on the outside edge of the tarmac path that runs around the outside of the track continues to be cleared away.

I have added a couple more photos from today onto the club Facebook page.

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Day 13 – 15 March 2017

The base layer of the shot putt throwing area has been added to and the edging for the throwing area has now been put in place.

The tarmac path areas that were dug out, have now been resurfaced.

The long jump pit has been inspected and some of the edging needs to be replaced, this will be dug out shortly.

I have added a few photos onto the club Facebook page.

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Day 15 – 17 March 2017

The new metal frame for the hammer throwing circle has now been concreted into place, just awaiting the circle to be filled next. The metal frame for the shot put throwing circle has been put in place and will be concerted in next.

The edging around the long jump pit has now been removed.

Work continues on the tarmac path round the outside of the track with the path being cleared of moss.

I have added a few photos from today onto the club Facebook page.

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Day 18 – 22 March 2017

Today three quarters of the track resurface was removed, this is the red layer of the track that is being resurfaced. The only remaining part of this track surface is the first bend and high jump / pole vault area.

The first layer of cider has now been put down on the shot put throwing area and the outside edge of the shot put throwing circle has now been concreted.

I have added a few photos from today onto the club Facebook page.

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Day 20 – 24 March 2017

The top surface of the track has now been removed and work has started on replacing the long jump pit.

Work has also continued on clearing the moss on the tarmac path round the outside of the track.

I have added a few photos from today onto the club Facebook page.

Re: Sandy Athletic Track Resurface Diary

Day 23 – 29 March 2017

The Shot put throwing area, throwing circle and hammer circle are now finished and ready for inspection.

The long jump pit has now been replaced and started to be filled with sand. The outer edge of the long jump pit will be put in place soon.

The base layer of the track has now been cleaned and the tarmac path round the outside of the track has now been completely cleared of moss.

I have added a few photos from today onto the club Facebook page.

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Day 25 – 31 March 2017

The long jump pit has now been completed and filled with sand. The outside of the pit has now been filled in with topsoil and grass seed has been sown.

I will be attending the first progress meeting on Tuesday, with the council, school and contractors. This meeting will include a site walk around, so will get some more close up photos of the hammer circle and shot put area.

I have added a photo from today onto the club Facebook page.

Re: Sandy Athletic Track Resurface Diary

Day 27 – 04 April 2017

This morning I attended a progress meeting between the council, school and contractors. The works are on track and are still aiming for completion mid May, however the next phase of work is all weather dependant.

The contractors confirmed the below at the meeting:
• Hammer throwing circle is due to be inspected this afternoon and is expected to pass the UKA standard
• Shot put throwing area is now complete. Once the hammer throwing circle has passed the inspection, the top layer will be added to the shot put throwing circle, as these need to be to the same standard.
• The steeplechase water jump has been tested and cleaned.
• Long jump pit has been made deeper, more drainage added and the grass area around the pit has been levelled.
• The grass has been re-edged around the inside and outside of the track. The inside track curb and tarmac path round the outside of the track has now been fully pressure washed.
• The top track surface has been removed and the base layer is very good condition. There are no repairs needed for the base layer.

The track top surface materials have arrived on site and work commenced this morning on replacing the track area around the pole vault bed areas. Work will commence on the track top surface in the next couple of days, but this is dependent on weather conditions.

Once the new top track surface has been laid, this will then be sprayed red and line marking will commence.

I have added a few photos from a walk around the track today onto the club Facebook page.

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Day 31 – 08 April 2017

No I haven’t got the date wrong for the update, as the contractors were at the track today (yes a Saturday) to make the most of the good weather.
The hammer circle passed its inspection on Tuesday afternoon and now the shot put throwing circle has been completed.

The top surface of the track has been laid in the hammer circle, inside track area by the Hammer cage / shot put and steeplechase jump, as well as the inside area (i.e. high jump and pole vault area). The contractors started work this morning on the main track top surface by the high jump area.

I have added a few photos from today onto the club Facebook page.

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Day 33 – 11 April 2017

The contractors have been making the most of the good weather and have laid 95% of the black top surface of the track now. Around 50 metres is left on the home straight.

The next stage will be to add to a thin layer of red resin on top of the black surface and then painting will commence.

I have added a few photos from the track today onto the club Facebook page.

Re: Sandy Athletic Track Resurface Diary

Day 37 – 19 April 2017

The black top surface of the track has now been laid by the contractors and they have now commenced work on the final layer of the track.

The thin layer of red resin has now been laid in the Pole Vault / High jump area, steeplechase area and 75% of the track. It is just the home straight / final 100 metres that is due to be laid now.

I have added a few photos from the track today onto the club Facebook page