Cinder track up and running after winter
Work will start to restore it to its former glory
SERIOUS sprinters and joyful joggers will be able to take advantage of a revamped running track after the winter.
Hillingdon Council’s cabinet committee has agreed to allocate funds of £230,000 towards improvements of the cinder track in Kings College Playing Fields in Kings College Road, Ruislip.
It was built in 1951, and was once a hub for top runners and trainers – with David Hemery training there in the preparation for the 1968 Olympics where he took gold in the 400m hurdles – but over the years the track has become run down and largely unsuitable for exercise.
East Ruislip ward councillor Councillor Becky Haggar (Con) said: “The historic 440-yard track hopefully will be restored to its former glory whilst in keeping with the area.
“This is super news for residents.”
David Smith, chairman of Hillingdon Athletic Club, said: “In recent years the track hasn’t been well maintained, with potholes and weeds making it less popular with the athletes.
“At the least, regular maintenance is essential for its continued safe use by club members and the public.”
A spokeswoman for the council said: “The six lanes of the current track are due to be resurfaced and we anticipate the works to begin towards the end of October and last for approximately 10 weeks, subject to weather conditions.
“This will include upgrading the drainage system.
“The council will also be installing an outdoor gym at the site.”
In March 2000 a £19,437 grant from the London Marathon Trust was awarded to Hillingdon Council and the restoration work was finished by the next spring but by August 2002 it had fallen back into a weedy state.
The six lanes of the
current track are due to be resurfaced – this
will include upgrading the drainage system and installing an
n SUPER NEWS: Councillor Becky Haggar (Con, Eastcote and East Ruislip) backing the revamp