LETTER: Pride in support for athletics

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Jade Lally’s silver medal in the Women’s Discus at the National Athletics Championships in Birmingham should remind us that Jade is already 5th in the UK All Time List – a position achieved by her throw of 60.76m in 2011.

With the exciting Commonwealth Games ahead Jade is confident that she can throw over 60m, which could mean that Jade would not be so far off challenging the 61.22m English record held by Shelley Newman since 2003.

Jade has made it clear how much she has depended on the indoor athletics training facilities at Broadbridge Heath – namely, The Tube - and how extremely difficult it would be for her to sustain her rigorous all-the-year-round training schedule should The Tube be demolished (which is planned) and not replaced.

In this context let us remind ourselves that Horsham deserves to pride itself in its support of Track and Field Athletics.

Who has forgotten that Kirani, Grenada’s only ever Olympic medallist, won the 400m at the London Olympics in 43.94 and that he and the Grenadan athletics team prepared for those Games by using the athletics facilities at Broadbridge Heath.

JOHN BROMHEAD

Kings Road, Horsham