Falkirk Community Trust moves fast to nab Glasgow 2014 track

Usain Bolt shows how it's done
Usain Bolt shows how it's done

The track on which Usain Bolt showed a clean pair of heels to his rivals at Glasgow 2014 is now heading for Grangemouth Stadium.

In a deal which moved almost as fast as Bolt himself, Falkirk Council’s development services and Falkirk Community Trust orchestrated a £593,498 contract for WH Malcolm Ltd to install the athletics track featured in this year’s Commonwealth Games at the Kersiebank Avenue facility.

The Olympic standard athletics track, which had Bolt flying around it on the anchor leg to earn Jamaica gold in the 4 x 100 metre relay on August 2, will soon be moving from Hampden Park to its new home.

The good news was announced at a meeting of Falkirk Council’s executive committee on Tuesday.

Rhona Geisler, head of development services, said work had already started on transferring track sections through from Glasgow to Grangemouth.

Councillor Adrian Mahoney said: “It’s great news. This is better than a regular replacement track – this track is world class.”

The quest for the track began when sportscotland, aiming to create a lasting legacy from the Commonwealth Games, started asking athletics organisations if they would be interested in buying it.

Falkirk Community Trust quickly submitted a bid to sportscotland telling them the track would be a perfect replacement for its Grangemouth Stadium surface, which was last renewed in 1994 and had fallen below acceptable International Amateur Athletics Federation standards.

The bid was accepted and, thanks to the Scottish Institute of Sport, a further £95,000 of athletics equipment from the Games will also be heading to Grangemouth Stadium.

According to Scottish Athletics, Grangemouth Stadium was the busiest athletics event stadium in the UK in 2013.

It is hoped the installation of the prestigious new track will help sustain and improve on this over the next two decades.

Councillor Mahoney said: “It will help attract even more major competitions to Grangemouth Stadium.”