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UK Athletics

Ashia Hansen Inspects Track Transformation

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Former World Indoor Champion, Ashia Hansen has unveiled a brand new track at Birmingham’s National Indoor Arena.

The track has been completely resurfaced in time for the European Athletics Indoor Championships, which will be held at the National Indoor Arena from 2-4 March.

The resurfacing work has cost nearly £0.5 million and has been funded by regional development agency Advantage West Midlands. Funding was announced back in April and work to replace the surface was carried out last summer with the new track being erected for the first time at the NIA in recent days.

Ashia Hansen, who is hoping to make her indoor come back in time to make the team for the European Athletics Indoor Championships, was impressed with the new surface and said: "It is great news that athletes competing at the NIA, will now be able to do so on a brand new track. I hope this will lead to even more world records being broken at the best indoor athletics venue in the world. A new track is also great news for young people in Birmingham who have access to this fabulous athletics facility."

The finishing touches to the track, including the painting of the lines and intensive cleaning, are now being carried out before it is used for the first time at the Birmingham Games on Saturday 10th February.

The track will then be put to the test at the Norwich Union Grand Prix on Saturday 17th February and less than two weeks later it will be used by the 600 athletes from 50 countries that will be descending on Birmingham for the European Athletics Indoor Championships from 2-4 March.

The new surface, which weighs 15 tons, is made from Mondo, the world’s premier track surface. Two tons of adhesive have been used to secure the surface to the plywood decking.

The NIA’s track is the only demountable 200m track in the UK and the new surface has replaced the track which has been used since the Arena’s first indoor athletics season in 1992.

For tickets for the European Athletics Indoor Championships call 0870 739 2007 or log onto the Birmingham 2007 website.