Harlow Stadium

Harlow Stadium is a greyhound racing track located in Harlow, Essex, England.[1] The stadium also has executive suites, a restaurant, a number of bars and conference and banqueting facilities.

Harlow Stadium
LocationRoydon Road, The Pinnacles, Harlow, CM19 5FT
Coordinates51°46′19″N 0°03′49″E / 51.77194°N 0.06361°E / 51.77194; 0.06361
Opened1995
Tenants
Greyhound racing

Racing takes place in the evening on Monday and Wednesday, and in the morning on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.[2]

OpeningEdit

 
Harlow Stadium c.1995

Harlow Stadium opened on Wednesday 15 March 1995. The site chosen for racing was an area north east of the town known as the Pinnacles just off the Roydon Road and directly west of the football stadium. Access to the track is on Stadium Way past the Scimitar industrial park. Toni Nicholls bought the land from receivers when the new football stadium was being built in 1993 and constructed the new facilities including executive suites, a restaurant and conference and banqueting facilities. In addition a large car park was constructed.[3] The first ever trial session, in preparation for the opening was held in October 1994.[4]

HistoryEdit

The first Racing Manager was former trainer Stan Gudgin who was replaced by Mark Schellenberg after Gudgins retirement. In 2005 Nicholls's company Leaside Leisure Ltd came to an agreement with Barclay Entertainment to sell the track. The new stadium owner was Dave Barclay joint-owner of a successful building contractors business in the Essex area. Despite offers from developers Barclay continues to invest into the track and has achieved some notable successes for Harlow Greyhound Stadium.[5]

Following the closure of Walthamstow Stadium in 2008 Chris Page arrived as General Manager with five trainers; John Coleman, Mark Wallis, Mick Puzey, Graham Sharp and Kelly Mullins. Mark Wallis brought the ultimate prize to the track after winning the 2009 English Greyhound Derby with Kinda Ready.[6] Harlow was rewarded with a first Sky Sports televised meeting in 2011 and Barclay brought in Greyhound Sales in 2013.

In 2018 the stadium signed a deal with SIS to race every Monday and Wednesday evening and every Friday and Sunday morning.[7]

Track recordsEdit

Current recordsEdit

Metres Greyhound Time Date Notes
238 Kenton Ten[8] 14.52 29 January 2020
415 Barton Wade[9] 25.50 9 October 2002
415 hurdles Barnfield Haveit[10] 26.03 8 August 2010
592 Loggies Rosie[11] 36.85 10 January 2018
592 hurdles Bozy Blue Blaze[9] 38.30 22 August 2001
769 Snappy Girl[12] 49.43 31 May 2006
946 Killishin Masai[13] 62.11 23 May 2010

FormerEdit

Extended content
Metres Greyhound Time Date Notes
238 Nellie Thursby 14.73 18 September 2002
238 Morning Glory 14.66 12 July 2014
238 Jumeirah Maximus [14] 14.59 4 April 2017
238 Chopchop Hope [15] 14.58 19 September 2018
415 hurdles Bossy Pallashell 26.20 10 July 2002
415 hurdles Inkspot 26.20 16 October 2002
415 hurdles Bomber Bailey 26.14 1 July 2009
415 hurdles Bomber Bailey [16] 26.11 17 March 2010
592 Decoy Cheetah 37.13 16 June 1995
592 Treasured Manx 37.13 1997
592 Blackrose Mars 37.11 20 June 2007
592 Daphs Girl 37.11 25 July 2009
592 Borna Payment 37.01 31 March 2010
592 hurdles Bozy Blue Blaze 38.53 15 August 2001
769 Micks Best Magic 49.59 9 January 2002
769 Slaheny Lass 49.58 17 September 2003
769 Kingsmill Champ 49.54 17 August 2005
769 Tipsy Rose 49.47 28 December 2005
946 Souda Bay 63.14 13 April 1998
946 Countrywidecapel 62.98 8 February 2006

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Track Search". Greyhound Board of Great Britain. Archived from the original on 25 December 2011. Retrieved 24 December 2011.
  2. ^ "Latest results". Greyhound Board of Great Britain.
  3. ^ Fry, Paul (1995). The Official NGRC Greyhound Racing Yearbook, page 215. Ringpress Books. ISBN 186054-010-4.
  4. ^ "Remember When - October 1994". Greyhound Star.
  5. ^ Hobbs, Jonathan (2007). Greyhound Annual 2008, page 187. Raceform. ISBN 978-1-905153-53-4.
  6. ^ "Wallis makes Mark in Greyhound Derby". Harlow Herald.
  7. ^ "SIS announces schedule for SIS British Greyhound Service for 2018". SIS.
  8. ^ "MARK'S TEN ON FIVE". Greyhound Star.
  9. ^ a b "Track records". Greyhound Data.
  10. ^ "2009 track record hurdle result". Greyhound Board of Great Britain.
  11. ^ "2017 result". Greyhound Board of Great Britain.
  12. ^ "2006 result". Greyhound Board of Great Britain.
  13. ^ "2010 result". Greyhound Board of Great Britain.
  14. ^ "result". Greyhound Board of Great Britain.
  15. ^ "Yvonne Gaskin and Hope set new records". Greyhound Star.
  16. ^ "2010 result". Greyhound Board of Great Britain.

External linksEdit

Coordinates: 51°46′20″N 0°03′49″E / 51.77215°N 0.06374°E / 51.77215; 0.06374