Athletics Track Construction
The technology of athletics track surfacing has been developing for more than fifty years leading to a great variety of products and systems. We offer a full range of athletic track systems for all levels, from an elite international stadium to a local club, school or community track. All our track surfaces comply with UK Athletics and International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) requirements and meet the highest performance, reliability and durability standards.
McArdle Sport Tec has an impressive portfolio and wealth of experience in professional athletic track installation and are proud to have been a partner in the construction of the international standard track for the 2002 Commonwealth Games in the City of Manchester Stadium.
Our team are currently on-site at NIAC (National Indoor Athletics Centre) at Cardiff Metropolitan University constructing a 400 metre, six-lane athletics track with a 3G rugby pitch in the middle and an athletics development facility. The polymeric track will be built to meet IAAF standards and the athletics development facility will include designated areas for javelin, shot put, discus, pole vault and long jump.
SURFACE CHOICES FOR TRACKS
The porous track system has a rubber granule base construction with 2-3mm polyurethane top-coat. These are high quality systems and IAAF approved for international and top-level athletics competition training tracks. The robust nature and stability of the surface, make a porous track an ideal choice for athletics clubs, colleges and schools.
The sandwich track system also comprises a rubber granule base, but with a special rubber granule cast called EPDM (ethylene propylene diene monomer) installed before the polyurethane top-coat. This system offers improved shock-absorption performance to the porous system and a greater lifespan as the EPDM cast be retextured numerous times.
The solid track system is the premier product for competitive athletics and is made of specially formulated EPDM rubber-granulate with a double polyurethane top-coat. This system is used for international athletics and meets the highest standards of IAAF approval rating.
The system chosen for athletics at the Olympic Games is a pre-fabricated track by Italian manufacturer Mondo. This pre-fabricated system is a product of vulcanised rubber and latex and offers leading performance characteristics for competition at the very highest level.