Kelly Holmes, Eamonn Martin and Sean Baldock invited to back our campaign

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DOUBLE Olympic gold medallist Kelly Holmes, London Marathon winner Eamonn Martin and double Olympian Sean Baldock have all graced it.

Now the race is on to get them back to where it all began.

The widow of local sports legend Reg Wild is inviting the trio of sporting heroes to return to William Parker Sports College in a bid to help save the track from closure.

Jean Wild wants to get the trio back to the track to help raise awareness of its plight.

The sprightly 70-old-hammer thrower has thrown her weight behind the Observer campaign to save the athletics track at William Parker Sports College.

Jean has never forgotten the time when Hastings Athletics Club’s most celebrated member Sean when he turned up at her house with future star Mo Farah.

“I will never forget that day,” she said. “Sean turned up with Mo at my house.

“He was only a teenager but he had his own sponsored car.

“Sean wanted to show Reg that Mo had sponsorship and could he get any. He asked Reg what his chances were.

“Mo had hair then but also a lot of talent. But nobody here wanted to give Sean any real help.”

Reg sadly died last summer from cancer but his memory will forever live on through his wife.

Jean took an emotional trip down memory lane this week looking back at her husband’s remarkable life in athletics.

And she was moved to tears when she heard how the track was under serious threat of closure.

“That track was Reg’s life,” she said. “He loved going down there and coaching the kids.

“Everyone adored him and he adored them. He helped bring so many kids through and helped build the place up.

“He would be heartbroken if he was here today.

“I will do anything to save that track. If it was in David Cameron’s back yard and his kids went there he would be the first to put his hand in his pocket.”

More than 40 coupons have been sent in to the Observer since the campaign was launched on August 31.

We aim to take our coupons via MP Amber Rudd to Downing Street.