Mansfield Harriers find new training facilities after Berry Hill Park ban

Disgruntled youngsters who are members of the Mansfield Harriers who were left with nowhere to train in November
Disgruntled youngsters who are members of the Mansfield Harriers who were left with nowhere to train in November

MANSFIELD Harriers athletics club have secured new facilities for training after being ‘forced’ to leave Berry Hill Park.

We reported in Chad how Harriers were banned from using the athletics facilities at Berry Hill following a two-year spat with trustees over hire charges.

The club have been using the park for over 50 years.

Since November the club have been training at various locations and had considered dissolving the club completely.

But the athletics club committee have decided to continue and have secured the use of Ashfield School on a Monday and Wednesday, West Notts College on Tuesdays and Thursdays while the juniors will remain at Samworth Academy.

Club member Steve Davies admits the club leaves Berry Hill Park with a heavy heart and remain concerned about athletics provision in Mansfield.

He said: “The club has worked extremely hard to make the park a first class venue for athletics and the reputation has grown throughout the country most notably the English Cross Country Relays which have been held for 23 years, all of this will be lost, along with the loss of the half marathon means there will be no big athletic events in Mansfield.

“So when the club withdraws all of its equipment and leaves with a heavy heart there is no future for athletics and leaves the park and facilities open to vandalism and dereliction.”

Concerns also remain that the park will be sold for housing development.

FOR MORE ON THIS STORY SEE WEDNESDAY’S CHAD