New Marske Harriers

Creating a 2.5 kilometre illuminated circular running route to encourage healthy activity, even in winter, while also benefitting the wider community.

The organisation: New Marske Harriers is a registered charity with the mission to promote community participation in healthy recreation for the benefit of those living in Redcar and Cleveland and its neighbouring boroughs through the provision of facilities for athletics. This grant project fits closely with the organisation's mission and will also prove to have a benefit beyond athletics as walkers, cyclists and the wider community will also be able to enjoy the illuminated pathway.

The initiative: At a time when there is a strong push to encourage everyone to take more exercise either by active travel to work or leisure activities, it is important that they can do so in a safe environment and importantly, that they feel secure.

With this in mind, New Marske Harriers sought funds to install Solareye low-level lighting in a pathfinder formation along the Marske to Redcar coastal path creating an illuminated 2.5km circular route. This initiative specifically allows runners and cyclists to use the path even in the darker winter months, but will also benefit will provide benefit to the wider community. The way the lights have been designed and installed will help users to navigate a path between two lines of light and remain a safe distance from the edges. The solution has also been designed to benefit the partially-sighted, allowing them to exercise away from the roadside, where car headlight glare can cause temporary total loss of sight.

This community project provides an important missing link between Redcar and Marske, in terms of illuminating a path that is part of the borough’s cycle route network.

The funds provided by Sofia will supplement grants provided by Redcar & Cleveland Council, which is also managing the procurement, New Marske Harriers themselves and from England Athletics.










January 2023