On the eve of the 2012 London Olympic Games, the training ground of one of the nation's greatest Games heroes has been boosted thanks to National Lottery Funding. The running track at Withdean Sports Complex in Brighton is where 1980 Olympic 800m champion Steve Ovett first cut his teeth in the sport and it has been awarded a £150,000 grant to replace the track. Fellow Olympic champions Daley Thompson and Sally Gunnell have also trained and competed on the track in the East Sussex city.
Councillor Geoffrey Bowden said: "The timing of this announcement in the week that the we are making Olympic legend Steve Ovett a freeman of the City of Brighton & Hove could not be more timely. The old Withdean track played a significant part in his career, as well as that of Olympic gold medallists Sally Gunnell and Daley Thompson.
"With funding now in place for a new state of the art track, budding athletes from Brighton & Hove and beyond will, once again, have a training facility where hard work can be rewarded and dreams can be accomplished."