Runners stuck in the dark at track

| 02/05/2016

I am a regular user of the track across from the Truman Bodden Sports Complex. The Department of Sports has put up a sign outlining the rules of usage, which includes the public using the track from, I believe, sometime after school and up until midnight. My concern is that the track is only lit indirectly on one half and that is only because the lights were already there illuminating other sports facilities. Since it is clearly expected that people will be using the track at night, is there a way to get lights installed so we don’t have to run in the dark?

Auntie’s answer: While I must applaud the Department of Sports for building the track in the first place (though I know people miss being able to use the professional-grade track at Truman Bodden), it has never made sense that it wasn’t properly lit from the start. Apart from the, unfortunately, legitimate safety concerns, especially for women, of running alone in the dark, the poor lighting sometimes makes the circuit a bit tricky to use. In addition to various sticks and stones scattered about, the iguanas have free reign, leaving behind unwanted reminders of their existence.

But I have good news to report. In response to this question, the sports department has confirmed that they are already working on a solution. Lights are being installed on the northern end of the track where there is no illumination at all. However, the work is not expected to be finished until early next month.

Until then, I suggest that runners keep one eye trained on the ground directly below to avoid any encounters with extraneous vegetable or mineral matter. Now, if only they could do something about the mosquitoes.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    For a nation with a chronic obesity problem the lack of facilities are made all the worse by the fact that the reason why the public were excluded from the other track was because it was a ploy to trying to get additional external funding for further facilities.