Commuted Sums help to launch 'The Howden Mile' at The Ashes Playing Field

Thu, 28 Apr 2022

The Ashes Playing Field Trust officially opened their new all-weather track, 'The Howden Mile,' with a "Dawn 'til Dusk" challenge which saw Katie Winter complete 75 laps of the track, situated at The Ashes Playing Field in Howden.

The Ashes received £17,000 from East Riding of Yorkshire Council as part of Commuted Sums from local housing developments towards the track and added £77,810.80 from their own funds. The total cost of the project was £94,810.80.

The works included installation of the all-weather track around the perimeter of The Ashes Playing Field, joining up with the tarmac footpaths.

Angela Martinson, Treasurer at The Ashes Playing Field Trust, said: "The Ashes Playing Field Trust are delighted at the use and popularity of the all-weather artificial track they have installed around the circumference of the playing field, made possible by a generous donation and supported by Commuted Sums from East Riding of Yorkshire Council. 

"Officially known as the Howden Mile, as completion of two laps is equal to a mile, the track is designed to enable all age groups and abilities to develop an active lifestyle, whatever the weather. Set in the beautiful surroundings of the The Ashes Playing Field, a walk, jog or run around the Howden Mile can help both the mental and physical well-being of all users.

At the official opening, Katie Winter of Howden, a Friend of the Ashes, completed 75 laps of the track throughout a 'dawn 'til dusk' challenge with many individuals and families joining her throughout the day to mark the occasion and complete their own circuits of the track."

Councillor Claire Holmes, portfolio holder for planning, infrastructure and housing, added: "Congratulations to The Ashes Playing Field Trust on their recent official opening of the Howden Mile all-weather track, and it's very pleasing that Commuted Sums provided by local housing developments as a condition of their planning approval have made a significant contribution."


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