Glasgow 2014 running track relaid at Grangemouth Stadium
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The running track that was built on a system of stilts at Hampden Park stadium in Glasgow for the 2014 Commonwealth Games has been relaid and opened for community use at the Grangemouth Stadium in the East End of Glasgow.

Grangemouth’s bid for the track at Hampden Park – and the auxiliary track at Lesser Hampden Park – was supported by Falkirk Council, which provided more than £500,000 for the project. As part of the bid, Grangemouth also secured £50k worth of weights equipment and a further £90,000 worth of athletics equipment.

Jamie Hepburn, minister designate for sport and health improvement, said: “The opening of this fantastic track is a demonstration of the continuing legacy of the Commonwealth Games that will help build a more active and healthier Scotland.

“It’s great that young people can now train and compete on the very same track where Eilidh Child, Usain Bolt and many others won medals.”

Reusing the track is part of the Glasgow 2014 legacy plan, which looks to distribute sports equipment and infrastructure used at the Games to clubs and local authorities across the country.

So far, sportscotland has invested £600,000 to ensure all 32 local authorities in Scotland and sports clubs benefit from Games equipment.

Local authorities will receive an allocation of more than 5,000 items through sportscotland’s Active Schools Network. This will include the likes of rugby balls, netballs, hockey balls, water bottles, whistles, stop watches, and more.

Scottish sport governing bodies will receive more than £200,000 of equipment, with another £200,000 going to the clubs and facilities. Separately, £200,000 of weightlifting and powerlifting equipment will go to the sportscotland Institute of Sport to upgrade and replace existing items. The Active Schools Network allocation is valued at over £15,000.

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The running track that was built on a system of stilts at Hampden Park stadium in Glasgow for the 2014 Commonwealth Games has been relaid and opened for community use at the Grangemouth Stadium in the East End of Glasgow.
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The track in use during the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games / Flickr
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