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Hampstead Heath: multimillion-pound athletics track upgrade celebrated

  • April 22, 2024
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Hampstead Heath: multimillion-pound athletics track upgrade celebrated

A multimillion-pound upgrade to one of the country’s top athletics venues has been celebrated at an official re-opening event on Hampstead Heath on Wednesday, 17th April, 2024. Parliament Hill athletics track is benefitting from a £2m investment from the City of London Corporation, which manages the Heath as a registered charity.

The improvements, including resurfacing the track, and runways for field events, plus new energy-efficient floodlights, will ensure the site remains a key venue for local, national, and international athletics events, and retains its prestigious UK Athletics Trackmark accreditation. It is used throughout the year by several running clubs and schools from across north and central London and is open to the public.

Lord Mayor of the City of London, Michael Mainelli, joined the Highgate Harriers athletics club, Members of the City Corporation’s Hampstead Heath, Highgate Wood and Queen’s Park Committee, and local community representatives at the official re-opening.

The City Corporation’s venue, which is home to the Highgate Harriers, hosts the club’s annual ‘Night of the 10,000m PB’s’. The popular sporting event is free to attend and brings together elite runners from across the world to compete alongside some of the UK’s best athletes.

As well as the Paris Olympic 10,000m trials, the 2024 event on Saturday, 18th May, will host the British Championships and will be a designated World Athletics Silver Label event.

Hampstead Heath attracts over eight million visits every year and forms part of a network of 11,000 acres of open space owned and managed by the City Corporation across London and southeast England.

These open spaces, most of which are charitable trusts, are run at little or no cost to the communities that they serve. They include important wildlife habitats, Special Areas of Conservation, Sites of Special Scientific Interest, and National Nature Reserves.

They also remove around 16,000 tonnes of carbon from the atmosphere a year, equivalent to 70% of the City Corporation’s annual carbon footprint in its own operations, and are protected from being built on by special legislation.

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