1987 – A new all-weather track for the club

With all the media attention that had been drawn to the club following Zola Budd’s race at Dartford it was obvious that the old cinder track had come to the end of its lifespan and following extensive fund raising by the club members, committee and local council, work began to replace it with an all-weather track. This work was finally completed in Easter 1987 and the track was officially opened on 18th April 1987 by Ron Pickering.

In the first season of the new all-weather track Fatima Whitbread, set a record with a Javelin throw of 72.40m, in her last competition before the 1987 Rome World Championships where she went on to take the gold medal.