- Opening Hours
- Advised Spike Nails
With Renovation of Phil Sports well under way with the relaying of the new track surface I would like to revive this old article for the public’s information in regards to incoming guidelines.
As the PSC has invested a lot into the construction and relaying of the well needed new surface at Phil Sports we want to preserve it so it does not wear out quickly and athletes will continue to have a good venue surface to train on. This would also be implemented at the National Games. Please read below.
Also we would appreciate feedback and comments on this article for further suggestions to help preserve and protect the track oval.
Ultra , Phil Sports is open to the public from 5.30am to 9.00pm Monday to Sunday (sometimes they have events there and in which case it will be closed to public, and also closed on public holidays). The public can purchase tickets to use the oval.
Advised sized spikes so the Track oval is not damaged and wears out quickly:
- No Bicyles
- Implements approved for disabled athletes ok
- Needle spikes will damage the track. 3/16 Pyramid Mondo Rubber or Christmas tree only (a sign should be placed with types of spikes allowed, guard should enforce this).
- They should put a banner up with types of spikes allowed at track to raise public awareness
- Security Guard should monitor type of spike nails being used
- Fines or bans should apply if anyone does not follow these rules after being warned and ends up damaging the track.
More Information on types of Spikes Shoes
As my profile shows, I am an official, not and never a coach of track, so my answer is based upon the information and contacts I have made over the years and which I believe are informed and worthy of your consideration.
Also the excerpt below was found through Google and is from M-F Athletic a track and field supply vendor in Rhode Island. First of all I have used this supplier for product and advice for many years and found them helpful. I do not have any interest in their business.
The short summary here is a good answer for you to consider first. As once an athlete of modest ability whose injury at fifteen changed my life, I do care that athletes I advise in any way, are well aware that sport is dangerous with possible bad injuries WHICH CAN BE PERFORMED AT LEAST AS SAFE AS DRIVING A CAR.
Frankly living is dangerous, but the options are not great choices. Also the issue is how do I perform and compete or just enjoy sports as safely as possible. Note that running is about legs first and they need to be respected and cared for. Upper body is also a major part of running and needs attention as well. So start safer than you may think you need to as you master the use of spikes and the event carefully. Then go on and win or lose, but have fun and live with satisfaction. Good luck, here’s the excerpt:
Choosing the Right Track & Field Shoes and Replacement Spikes
by Nick Stebenne, M-F Athletic
There are many different considerations when selecting track shoes and replacement track spikes. Replacement track spikes come in many styles but the pyramid, needle, Christmas tree, and tartan are the most popular.
A) Pyramid Spikes – Dirt and grass (Cross country mostly). They will not wear down as fast and the have a good bounce on the track. The most popular size is the ¼”.
B) Needle Spikes – Used primarily on all-weather tracks. They generate great traction. The most popular size is 3/16”.
C) Christmas Tree Spikes – Compression spikes. They are a mix between bounce (pyramid) and grip (needle). They usually come in ¼” size. These are my favorite. Being a former sprinter, I like the combination of bounce and traction.
D) Tartan Spikes – Normally ¼” dull needle spikes (selected rubber tracks only).
As far as track shoes are concerned, sprint spikes are very light weight. Hence A more elite sprinter would use a spike with less of a heel. Sprinters are taught to run on their toes because a “heel to toe” running style is not as explosive. Also this being said, sprinter spikes can easily injure a beginner athlete if the athlete is not accustomed to running on their toes for the entire race. I have seen many high school runners roll their ankle using these style spikes.
I would suggest for a novice runner to purchase a spike that has a more prominent sole for safety concerns. Hence Middle distance spikes and distance spikes are normally a stiffer shoe and fit more comfortably to the foot. They indeed have more of a sole and tend to be a little heavier than the sprinting shoes.
There is another site on the web which is encyclopedic in the coverage of sports, especially track and field, with more than you will ever need or want to know (maybe). Hence I recommend it for its range and scope with unusual quality. It, too, may have answers for you now and in the future. Take a look:
Good Luck, Dick Howland