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History

The Norman Park facility was opened in the summer of 1981 as a 6-lane all weather track with 8-lanes in the straight and full jumping and throwing facilities. In the succeeding years various improvements and additions were made including the provision of changing rooms and showers. When the track was resurfaced in 1992 the opportunity was taken to relocate a number of field event facilities for improved operations.

During 1992 under the government’s CCT initiative the London Borough of Bromley commenced discussions with Blackheath Harriers with the objective of them taking over management of the facility. A possible outline contract was agreed but the Club rejected the proposal as not being a suitable task for them. A group of individuals who had been involved in the discussions offered to set up a separate company independent of the Club. The Council accepted this offer and Norman Park Track Management was born, run by personnel directly involved in the sport, it then entered into a contract to manage the facility early in 1993.

With the rising numbers using the track on training nights and an increasing number of Leagues involving more than six clubs the need for two extra lanes became apparent. Following the award of a major grant from The London Marathon Trust and further financial support from the Council, Blackheath & Bromley Harriers AC and Norman Park Track Management Ltd in 2006 two additional lanes were provided. At the same time the existing track was resurfaced and the jumping facilities relocated. Subsequently Blackheath & Bromley Harriers A C provided a modular building for lectures as part of the coaching programme. It is now one of the busiest tracks in the country. Norman Park Track is graded Class 1 by UK Athletics.