Mullingar Harriers will officially open their new track this evening (Thursday 14th September).
The opening will be performed by John Cronin, President of Athletics Ireland, at 6:30pm.
Established in 1975 the club has gradually developed over the years, but this latest project is arguably their biggest yet.
The club started out in a green field, before eventually building a clubhouse around ten years later. A four-lane 100m sprint track was also constructed but the committee eventually felt the need to expand even further.
It is hoped that the new all-weather training facility will assist the club to achieve further success and broaden its participation across the broad spectrum of Track and Field events.
The club will also use the track as a ‘regional training hub’ allowing members from clubs in surrounding areas to take advantage of the facilities particularly the throws and jumps amenities.
“We’re honoured that John Cronin, president of Athletics Ireland, has agreed to perform the opening ceremony and everyone associated with the club, current and past members and generous sponsors, is invited to attend and witness this memorable occasion and to stay on for some light refreshments after in the clubhouse,” a club spokesperson told the Westmeath Independent.
The six-lane all weather track is sure to be hugely popular.
Amongst recent athletes to represent Mullingar Harriers on the international stage include Cormac Dalton, who has competed at several European Cross Country Championships and is now back on Irish soil after finishing at the University of Tulsa and race walker Oisin Lane who this year competed at both the European Race Walking Cup event and European U23 Championships.
Young talents Aisling Lane (racewalker) and Aimee Wallace (1500m) has also both competed at the underage international events in the last couple of years and like so many of their clubmates have bright futures ahead.