Published on 25th July 2012

running track

The Prince of Wales stadium track and associated athletics and rugby facilities will be closed to the public from the 13 August, so that the track resurfacing and re-lining programme can take place.

It is estimated that the closure of the track will be for a period of seven weeks, weather dependant.

During this time the area under the grandstand and the spectator area will be out of use and only accessible to authorised individuals by appointment. The door to the grandstand will be kept locked for security purposes.

The benefits to resurfacing The Prince of Wales track are:
  • For users: rubberised tracks have proven to reduce injury
  • For the environment: rubberised tracks utilise recycled materials
  • For the community: a new track will allow the community to host major track meets drawing teams from around the county, which will enhance our reputation.

Stephen Petherick, general manager at leisure@cheltenham, said: “The track has not been resurfaced since 1999 and as part of our ongoing maintenance programme to ensure that we continue to offer a high standard athletics facility this needs to be completed. There are areas of the track and throwing lanes that have poor drainage which can be a problem for training. This essential maintenance is vital. It will mean we have a brand new track which will be a real benefit to all that use it. We will update users and other partners as matters progress at regular intervals.”

Cllr Rowena Hay, cabinet member for sport and culture, added: “As a council we are committed to continuous investment in our sporting facilities, and this is why these major improvements are being made. We know the track will be closed for a number of weeks, and we will appreciate people’s patience during this time. We’re sure it’ll be worth the wait!”

For media enquiries, contact: Kelly Carter, communications officer, Tel: 01242 264154 or email

The track refurbishment cost is £175k.

Leisure@cheltenham is owned by Cheltenham Borough Council, and offers high quality facilities. The leisure centre has won numerous awards for its green credentials since re-opening, as well as being recognised for the national Sport and Leisure award as part of the 2010 Government Business Awards.
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