With news of lockdown lifting, Watford Harriers Athletics Club eagerly awaits the return to the Woodside track.
The club will host the British Milers Grand Prix on June 12, welcoming top athletes from across the UK to the renowned track.
During the break, the Watford Harriers committee compiled a detailed report, looking at 40 years of statistics from British Milers Club (BMC) races since 1963.
The data found that Watford had the highest number of fastest times recorded, a total of 44, much higher than other leading tracks in the UK.
Tim Brennan, BMC Chairman said: “Woodside Arena Watford is recognised as the best venue in the UK for running fast times in Endurance events from 800m to 5,000m. I think the reason for this is the natural bowl and tree cover which surround the track and the excitement of witnessing the highest standard of athletes in the UK, outside of the televised competitions:”
One success story is former GB Athlete Jo Wilkinson, who trained and raced at the track for many years. She set several records at Watford including her lifetime personal best time whilst winning the Southern Championships in 2002. She also revised her 10,000ms PB to run 33:18 at Watford a few years later.
She said: “My success at Watford and long history of fast times is testament to the expertly and efficiently organised meetings. Helped by the top quality competition and the buzzing atmosphere, as night falls and the floodlights dazzle, it’s the place to run fast!”
British Athletics Champion Jessica Judd also smashed records at the Watford track. In 2017, she became the fourth British woman to have broken two minutes for 800m and nine minutes for 3,000m.
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