Long Throws (hammer and javelin) research project assessing impact of implements on artificial turf

A unique project to evaluate artificial turf against the impact forces exerted by long throw events is kicking off at Crownpoint Athletics Stadium in Glasgow. A specially designed landing zone 45m x 23m in dimensions is being constructed in the landing zone of the hammer and javelins thrown into the infield.

Photo of small test bed being tested with Hammer

Following an extensive research project conducted by Sports Labs Ltd and due to the generous assistance of Glasgow Life, Greenfields a manufacturer of artificial turf, the IAAF, UKA and W H Malcolm’s this project has been taken to a macro scale and we and our partners are constructing a full size test bed which can test the artificial turf system under live throws conditions. A first in the UK!

Various photos of the track with test bed construction going on in middle of infield.


These photos were taken on the 19th February showing the progress which has been made by W H Malcolm in building the base of the test bed.

Eric O’Donnell MD of Sports Labs said this project is ground breaking in several ways, the number of pitches land locked by athletics track in the UK never mind Globally which are completely under utilised is unquantifiable. Making a facility multi-use and weather proof will make athletics tracks viable and investable by LA’s Municipalities, and Leisure Trusts and return these venues to major attractions for the public to use and enjoy. The benefits are significant and if we can prove that artificial surfaces can be used for long throws it really is a game changer!


Location of throws landing zone