Long Jump Pit Construction

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Our team of experts are able to carry out long jump pit construction for many facilities across the UK. There are a range of designs available and we often work with schools and clubs to create bespoke jumping tracks. As this is one of the most popular athletics sporting events, these facilities are becoming much more popular in a number of locations. The installation work will vary for each project, but we’ll put together the perfect design for you which suits your budget and the people using the area.

Feel free to get in touch with our team today if you need some more advice on what we offer with regards to construction. All you need to do is complete our contact form and let us know what you’re looking for so we can give you with right information. One of our experts will also be able to give you an idea of costs for completing the work.

Jumping Track Specifications

Long jump pit construction within the UK can vary depending on the customer’s budgets and generally there are two types of pits with runways specification – these are the MultiSport™ synthetic surfacing design or a polymeric rubber flooring specification. We are able to install both of these to fit a range of sizes and colours, so you can fully customise the final product.

Building a Polymeric Runway

The construction process for polymeric athletics surfacing is made up using an engineered sub base with a coloured polymeric rubber surface which can have removable take off boards built in to the final construction. The rubberised surface is available in a wide range of different colours however is often installed using a 12mm red tartan tack EPDM.

Installing Multisport Turf Tracks

As long jump runway builders within the UK we are also able to offer the most durable, hard wearing specification on the market which is the MultiSport™ surfacing and this design on the sub base is slightly different as we are able to install this product onto a dynamic sub base.

The Multisport™ synthetic turf is both hard wearing and extremely aesthetically pleasing available in the standard track red along with a range of other colours that do not fade as easily under sunlight. This UV stability allows the synthetic jumping track surface to retain colour after the construction and therefore maintain its appearance for much longer. The large density of curly yarn fibres do not become as slippery and unsafe when wet and is a fantastic top of the range all round athletics sports surface.


Long Jump Runway Builders

The long jump pit construction has got to be filled with washed and rounded sand and to be filled within a retaining edge with the type of edge being dependent on the type of surface. A polymeric run up would often contain a PCC edge around the jump runway and landing pit as standard however is possible to install rubber edges around both at extra costs in order to enhance safety of the surface. The synthetic Multisport™ track would normally be retained by timber edges however this is commonly upgraded to rubber edges also by many schools and colleges throughout the UK. The rubber edges provide a safer landing surface as they can absorb more impact from trips and falls; this is a great quality for athletic pits which will be used by younger kids. These long jumping facilities often vary in specification and design and this depends entirely on the client:

  • Primary Schools – Often opt for the Multisport™ synthetic long jump with multi coloured lanes for different age groups. This offers a child friendly, bespoke design which looks fantastic and lasts for many years in top condition.
  • Secondary School – Synthetic turf surface in tartan red track to provide a professional athletics appearance and standard that lasts. The curly yarn fibres do not become slippery when wet so can be used year round as athletic practice tracks.
  • Colleges – Polymeric/ Multisport™ surfacing with synthetic mowing strip and rubber edges for added safety.
  • Universities – Polymeric rubber surface with removable take off boards for different athletic events.
  • Sports Clubs – Multisport™ synthetic surfacing is less prone to vandalism and will outlast most other surfaces after construction.


Woodhouse grove school

Soft Surfaces won a competitive tender to supply and install a new 6528 m² all weather pitch, marked for football, rugby union and three 5-a-side pitches. There is storage at one end for posts and equipment and the complex is enclosed by a 3m high rebound fence. Lighting columns were erected along the perimeter, and lighting bollards to the access path. A large-scale earthworks scheme was undertaken to create a plateau some 900mm above the 100-year flood level in order to accommodate the pitch. SS worked over weekends and during the normal Christmas shutdown to minimise delays.

AFC Bournemouth

When AFC Bournemouth wanted to create a new training surface, we looked into the various options. We discussed the performance and playing characteristics of a variety of surfaces. In the summer, we chose a 3G surface (Rhino Turf VT40) which was supplied and installed by Soft Surfaces Ltd. We chose the Rebounce shock-pad to compliment the VT40 surface, as it met the performance, quality and the most natural appearance – so much more realistic in looks, feel and performance than other synthetic surfaces. We have found Soft Surfaces to be very professional and easy to deal and work with. 

Banister Primary School

We believe we received good value for money by opting to use Soft Surfaces and would like to thank the team for making it painless and stress-free installation experience. We were particularly impressed with the degree of flexibility your exercised as we wanted to change the perimeter area. It’s also important that I state how impressed we were with the cleanliness and tidiness of the work; the site was spotless upon completion. Likewise, the after service has been good and we appreciate that you’ve stayed in touch to make sure we were pleased with the end product. In summary i would be happy to reccomend Soft Surfaces without hesitation or reservation; it was a pleasure doing business with you!

Activity For All

Soft Surfaces came to run a brief presentation on the advantages of their product and why he felt that this was best value and straight away we understood what we was getting as a product, service and installation. I am more than happy with how the project ran with it being delivered ontime, within budget and now have a great football artificial 3G surface. I would strongly recommend dealing with James Dooley at Soft Surfaces who will talk you through the various costs, specifications and finer details because would definitely like to point out that the cheapest is not always the best value. Massive thank you to the team for providing us now with a thriving new facility!

Golborne High School

I would like to express my thanks to all the staff at Soft Surfaces Ltd for helping our school in the upgrade of our MUGA flooring. We were experiencing serious problems with contaminated sand causing flooding and making the surface dangerous under foot. You undertook a site visit and carried out an infill contamination assessment to investigate the problems. This identified that the sand infill needed replacing to bring the facility back to its correct playing characteristics and porous again. The PE staff in school are extremely impressed with the impact of the work undertaken and have commented that it has made a significant improvement to the MUGA surface. I would certainly recommend Soft Surfaces!

Jumping Pit Installation Case Study

Have a look at this video which shows a runway renovation project that we completed in Bradford. The existing runway was replaced with a brand new runway in Multisport synthetic needlepunch turf which is a very strong and durable surface type. This particular client chose to have their long jump run up installed in a multi coloured rainbow design.

We have completed many projects like this as well as carrying out installation work on completely new facilities. It completely depends on the existing conditions of the area and what is needed by the client, but we can accommodate any requirements you may have.

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For more information on these athletics surfaces including designs, size and dimensions, specifications and prices, please fill out the contact form on this page and we will be in touch with professional advice regarding long jump pit construction.

Our experts have plenty of experience in carrying out this work, so we’ll be able to answer any questions you may have. We’ll also provide you with a quote for the project, so be sure to let us know if you have any budget requirements you’d like us to stick to.

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