Some of the country’s rising stars of athletics have been getting behind plans for a Mid Cheshire community sports track.

Scores of athletes from Vale Royal Athletics Club were among the first to take part in the public consultation – which forms part of a feasibility study to bring a synthetic track and upgraded facilities to Hartford Campus.

They joined councillor Sam Naylor, from Cheshire West and Cheshire Council, who is supporting calls to upgrade the track.

Councillor Naylor said: “Vale Royal Athletics Club is highly regarded nationally. The coaches are totally dedicated and we are very lucky that this gives so many of our local young athletes the opportunity to shine.

“This project to boost facilities will not only help support their fantastic work but will benefit local schools and the whole community.”

The initiative will bring forward plans to upgrade the existing gravel-based running surface into a high quality tartan track that would meet England Athletic standards.

A partnership involving Hartford CofE, St Nicholas High, Mid Cheshire College, Cheshire West and Chester councillors, Active Cheshire, the Mid Cheshire Development Board and Hartford Parish Council has now been formed to drive the project forward.

The public consultation ends at 5pm on Friday, February 12 but anyone who still wishes to comment should log-on to