Colleagues in Flint have donated a set of 100 high visibility vests to a local athletics club in order to make sure that young athletes training there can be seen easily by drivers.

Safety first                      

The team donated the vests to Deeside Amateur Athletics Club following a campaign to boost the safety of children in the local area by making them more visible to motorists whilst they are involved in activities in public areas.

The club has been training local athletes for over 40 years, many of whom go on to compete at national and international levels.

Hazardous conditions                                                                   

Retail director of the store in Flint, Denise Roe, said: ‘At this time of year when the days are still quite short, combined with the unpredictable weather, it can be difficult to keep track of a group runners and athletes on the move.

‘With this in mind, we wanted to help increase the safety of those training at this time of year at Deeside Amateur Athletics Club and spread the message around the importance of being clearly visible in the dark on the roads and elsewhere.’

Vice chair and head coach at the amateur athletics club, John Messum, further added: ‘As Head Coach of the Middle Distance team at Deeside, I have runners in my group aged 13 to 70 plus.

‘We often run on busy roads throughout the Flintshire area, so it’s imperative we keep our runners safe, particularly at night time. The Hi-Vis vests are fantastic, and we are extremely grateful to Specsavers for making such a generous donation.’

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