We recently completed a long jump runway construction project in Somerset. The work took place in a week at a school on an existing grass sports field. The first part of the installation process involved excavating the existing grass surface to the dimensions specified by the school, and then installing a stone sub-base.
The porous stone sub-base is made up of a layer of angular stones which lock together to create an even foundation for the long jump run up track. Next, the ground was excavated and edgings were put in for the installation of the sand landing pit at the end of the long jump runway.
Long Jump Runway Construction Surfacing
The surface type for this long jump runway construction project was Multisport needlepunch synthetic turf. This is a sand-filled fibre bonded artificial grass system which is woven together. The weaving process helps to create a stable and durable surface for the athletics run up.
The school chose to have their needlepunch long jump surfacing installed in bright blue, but there are a number of other colour options such as red, green, yellow and even rainbow stripe patterns. Once the stone sub base was complete, the Multisport synthetic turf surfacing was applied to these foundations by our specialist sport surfacing installers.
The needlepunch surfacing is a very hard wearing and long-lasting material. Because of this, the school will be able to enjoy the long jump runway for a long time. There is no need to worry about replacing the facility after a few years. This makes the new athletics facility a great investment for the school and helps to cut costs over time. Many schools choose to have compact athletics facilities which incorporate many different sports.
The final stage of the long jump runway construction project was installing the sand landing pit at the end of the run-up surface. The sand pit is a very important part of the overall long jump facility installation. It provides a soft landing area for athletes and allows jump distances to be recorded accurately for competitive athletics events.
Brand New Athletics Facility
Once the long jump runway construction was complete, the school were very pleased with their brand new athletics facility. The kids can now use this to practise on and develop their skills.
The needlepunch turf provides a softer alternative to the traditional polymeric rubber athletics track surfacing. This means younger kids stay safe when using the long jump facility and the risk of injury is lower. The bright blue colour of the runway also helps to make the sport even more appealing and fun for the children.
In the video below you can see the full construction process from start to finish:
We regularly complete many projects like this in various locations around the UK. Our team of experts have plenty of experience when it comes to installing sports facilities. We’ll be able to answer any questions you have regarding designs or costs.
Find Out More
If you would like any further information about the long jump runway funding opportunities we provide to install one of these facilities. If you’d like to send us an enquiry about another sports surface, please fill in our contact form. Try to include as much detail as possible so we can give an accurate price.
We would be happy to help you with any questions you have, please visit our website at https://www.softsurfaces.co.uk/ where you can find details of specifications, installation and maintenance for all of our sport surfacing products and services.
Did you find this information useful? Have you ever had a long jump runway construction project carried out at your school?
Leave us a comment below and don’t forget to share this post!