Athletics in London
Following the success of the London Olympics, UK Athletics has invested a lot of time and money into the development of athletics tracks in London. The idea behind this was to have the best facilities available to athletes and to get more people involved in the sport of athletics. London, in particular, has some fantastic facilities for athletics. The tracks are equipped with floodlights, changing rooms and parking areas. These venues are available for hire on a pay as you play basis. There are a number of athletics clubs in London available for use, a few of which are outlined below.
Athletics Facilities in London
The Paddington Recreation Ground is located in Maida Vale Park near Paddington tube station. The athletics track was refurbished in 2012 and the grounds also include facilities for hammer, discus and long jump. Roger Bannister trained on this athletics track in preparation for breaking the 4 minute mile.
This stadium is located in West London, with the closest tube being East Acton. It was opened in 1967 and since 1993 has been named after one of England’s most successful athletes. Various athletics facilities are available to hire, such as the synthetic rubber running track, long jump pit and hammer and discus throwing field.
The Mile End Stadium is ideally located in East London and the closest underground station is Mile End. The track was refurbished in 2011 ahead of the London Olympic Games. As well as a synthetic rubber running track, there are long jump, hammer, discus and gym facilities also available to hire.
This athletics centre boasts both an indoor (200m) and an outdoor (400m) track which is ideal for training all year round. Lee Valley Athletics Centre is located in Enfield, North London, with the closest train station being Ponders End. Changing rooms are also available for athletes to use.