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Published July 30th 2012
You could be the new Usain, but if not you can just Bolt
In case you haven't noticed, the Olympics have hit London, and unless you are totally uninterested in sport chances are you will have been inspired to give some of the events a go. This piece will show you some of the best places to try out the track events in London. The track events consist of the 100m, 200m, right up to the 10,000m and the hurdles.
Brunel University: Whilst there are many universities that would no doubt provide the chance to do some track events, I have first hand experience of the brilliant facilities at the West London university. There is an outdoor 400 meter track with the chance to do hurdles and all of the other events. However, the real ace in the hole where Brunel is concerned is the Indoor Athletics Centre.
This centre does also contain facilities for fields events, but it is the 136 meter sprint and hurdle track that takes centre stage. If you take a trip to Brunel then you will have the chance to run on the same track that Usain Bolt uses when he comes to London to train. I can make no promises about your athletic ability being as good as his is, but you never know, practice makes perfect!
He would still beat all of us if he started running backwards!
Mile End Park Stadium: This East London sports centre has an 8 lane, 400 meter track, which welcomes all abilities to give the tack events a go. The postcode is E14 7TW.
Highgate Harriers Athletics and Cross Country Running Club: This North London athletics centre again provides an athletics track which encourages all abilities to get involved, and they also do cross country events. The postcode is NW5 1QR.
The Ladywell Arena: This South London venue provides a six lane running track for all to use. The postcode is SE6 4QX.
So, if you have seen the track at the Olympic Stadium on television and looked at the track thinking "I can do that", then just get up and go to one of these tracks and do your best. You never know, you might be the next Usain Bolt. But probably not...