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Upgraded running track reopens

 Published on: 22nd January 2019   |   By: News Desk   |   Category: Uncategorized

The Abbey View Athletics Track in Verulamium Park, St Albans, has now reopened after a high-quality upgrade.

The six-lane 400 metre track and the eight-lane 100 metre section have both been resurface with a synthetic material to bring them up to championship standard.

The track was closed in August last year to allow for the work to take place and is now back in action.

Former 1,500 metre runner, Councillor Annie Brewster has been down to take a look at the track.

Cllr Brewster said: “I’m very impressed with the work that has been done and delighted that the track is now open for business. The surface is top class, it has a spring to it and is textured to prevent slipping – far better than the tracks I used to run on.”

The running track is the only one in the St Albans District which Cllr Brewster described it as a “venue in the very heart of the city”.

She added: “This is an important venue in the very heart of the city, used by competitive athletes and fun runners alike.

“I’m sure they will all appreciate the new state-of-the-art surface – and hopefully it will help them record ever faster times. Who knows, it may produce an Olympic champion of the future.”

The cost of the resurfacing was £186,000 with most of the money coming from S106 payments – money contributed to the council by property developers for community infrastructure.

Lynne Milner, Chair and founder member of St Albans Athletic Club, said: “It’s been a long time coming, but we’re delighted to get our track back after its refurb.  

“There’s still a few finishing touches, but it’s great to be training again at Abbey View and we’re looking forward to the forthcoming athletic season.  

“We have over 420 members at the Club and they are all excited to be using this much improved track and field facility.”

Details for runners about opening hours and prices are available at 1life.co.uk/Abbey-View-Golf-and-Track-Facility/

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