A number of running tracks can be found in the United Kingdom, some having witnessed milestone track running events. Amateurs and professionals have stepped and ran on these tracks, fueling and firing their dedication to the sport.
As track running is pretty much a sport determined by a runner’s speed, the running tracks in the UK have become the training ground for current and future world record holders in the field of track running. They’ve also been the venue for the discipline, determination and dedication of a runner’s to come into fruition.
Let’s get to know some of the United Kingdom’s running tracks.
The Sobell Sports Stadium of Aberdare is a synthetic running track, running 400 meters. The track has 8 lanes and is the track of choice of the Aberdare Valley AAC and the Pontypridd AC track running clubs.
The Cambridge University Track, located in Cambridge, is a 400 meter track, with 8 lanes and 10 lanes for sprint running events. Opened in 1994, the first match held in the Cambridge University Running track was held in October the same year. The track surface was originally Spurtan V, which was resurfaced in the summer of 2002, making it Spiketop SW track. The running track boasts a 1 kilometer jogging track around the area.
In Birmingham, the Birmingham Alexander Stadium can be found. Again, a synthetic running track, the Birmingham Alexander Stadium track runs for 400 meters, with 8 lanes. The Birchfield Harriers track running club frequents this particular running track location. Construction for the track started in 1975 and was opened in June 1976. The running track’s original surface was 3M Tartan. By the year 2000, the track was resurfaced with Polytan PUR. The track is among UK’s premier stadiums for athletic events, and as been the venue of the AAA championships.
The Mons Track, a cinder running track type running 440 yards, and having five lanes can be found in Aldershot. The track is home to various running clubs; The Aldershot Running Club, Farnham & District AC, and Army AA. The track is right behind the Aldershot Military Stadium. It was originally built to serve the Mons Officer Cadet Barracks in 1945, and has come a long way since then.
Glasgow’s Crownpoint Sports Complex Track runs for 400 meters with 8 running track lanes. The Clydesdale Harriers, Glasgow University AC, Red Star Ac, Maryhill Harriers, Shettlesoton Harriers Ladies, and Strathclyde University Harriers running clubs run here. Completed in 1984, the track was originally surfaced by a Chevron 400 Polymeric surface. 1992 saw the track’s extensive refurbishment and by 2003, the track has become part of a Healthy Living Centre. It was the major track in Glasgow for some time.
The mentioned tracks are not even “tips of the icebergs” when it comes to running tracks in the UK, considering there are about 646 tracks to be found, ranging from synthetic and natural running track types.