Isle Of Man / Ellan Vannin

National Sports Centre athletics track reopens after floods

National Sports Centre
Image caption The Isle of Man track was used to host the Commonwealth Youth Games in 2011

The main athletics track on the Isle of Man has reopened after the site was hit by "unprecedented" flooding last December.

It follows extensive work to clean and sanitise the track at the National Sports Centre in Douglas.

Other sports facilities at the venue including the main sports halls and artificial pitches remain closed after they were submerged by flood water.

The venue was used to host the Commonwealth Youth Games in 2011.

Replacement sand and equipment is still needed before many field sports can return to the venue, said a government spokeswoman.

Image copyright IoM National Sports Centre
Image caption The National Sports Centre's main sports halls were completely submerged December's floods

Parts of the centre were submerged under two feet of water on 3 December after a river burst its banks during torrential rain.

Work to repair other facilities are yet to begin as they are yet to fully dry out.

At the time of the flooding, the sport centre's manager Carl Glover said the "devastation was unbelievable".

The centre's swimming pools, spa suite and fitness zone have since reopened.

The track is the home of the Manx Harriers, but is used by other athletics clubs on the island.

National Sports Centre - estimated reopening

  • Main sports halls - May
  • Squash courts - Unknown
  • Bowls - Unknown
  • The Bowl - Unknown
  • The Sports Institute - Unknown
  • Artificial pitch - Summer 2016

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