Cin­der track up and run­ning after win­ter

Work will start to re­store it to its for­mer glory

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Serena Sa­muel ed­i­to­ri­aluxbridge@trin­i­

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

out­door gym”


n SU­PER NEWS: Coun­cil­lor Becky Hag­gar (Con, Eastcote and East Ruis­lip) back­ing the re­vamp

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