One of Team GB’s greatest Olympians Dame Kelly Holmes is hotfooting it to York.
The double Olympian, who is training for this year’s London Marathon with the aim of raising £250,000 for five charities, will open the new facilities from 10am on Saturday, April 16.
For Dame Kelly, who won 1500m and 800m gold in Athens in 2004, it will be a welcome return to York as she used to train on the University’s old cinder track when she was based at nearby Imphal Army Barracks.
‘Delighted’ to return to York
Dame Kelly said:
It is great to promote state-of-the-art athletics facilities like this, especially one designed for the community. Schools and clubs in the area will really feel the benefit and hopefully inspire a whole new generation of athletes.
I look forward to taking part in some of the events planned on what will hopefully be a fantastic community day showcasing some fantastic facilities for the people of York.
Fun run and Q&A
The joint City of York Council and York University-funded facility on Heslington Campus West features an eight-lane regional standard athletics stadium, including pavilion and covered seating for 500 spectators.
During the day Dame Kelly will:
- Officially open the new facility at the University’s York Sport Centre
- Watch the conclusion of a 12- hour fundraising relay by York Sport Union clubs
- Lead a community “Run with Kelly” fun-run
- Meet members of the City of York and York University Athletics Clubs
- Take part in a community Q&A session.
Everyone is welcome to take part. Book free tickets on the link in the panel.
“This is a fantastic day for athletics in York,” said Neil Hunter, chairman of City of York Athletics Club.
“The new stadium will provide opportunities for athletes for all ages and abilities. It is fitting that such an inspirational Olympian will be opening the facility.”
Cllr Nigel Ayre, Executive Member for Culture, Leisure and Tourism at City of York Council, said:
We’re delighted that gold medal-winner Dame Kelly Holmes is available to officially open the new track.