What are the options for running track surfaces?

Posted by PlaySmart on June 6, 2018

With summer finally here, most of us are swapping indoor sports halls for the great outdoors when it comes to school sport. The summer term also sees many schools host a sports day with fun activities from track and field events to the good old egg and spoon race. As providers of safety flooring, we’re often asked what we’d recommend using for running track surfaces.


Why install a running track at a school?


Running is proven to not only help children’s physical health but also have positive impacts on their emotional and social well-being.

The Daily Mile is an example of an initiative designed to help children get into running. School teacher Elaine Wyllie introduced the idea back in 2012 after wanting her pupils to improve their fitness and concentration levels. Elaine’s project was such a success that it has now be rolled out to schools across the country.

Although initiatives such as The Daily Mile don’t require a running track, installing one helps to add a bit more fun! Plus, running tracks can be used in any weather condition, helping to make sure children are active throughout the year – come rain or shine.

What is a running track surface made of?

An all-weather running track can be made from a variety of surfaces. As a piece of equipment that is regularly used for a range of different applications, it’s important to make sure the running track surface is durable and can withstand all weather conditions to increase the longevity of the product.

At PlaySmart, we tend to suggest using either ActiveSmart or JungleMulch.



ActiveSmart is our innovative system that includes a variety of artificial grasses, carpets and sports surfaces installed onto a variety of substrates. ActiveSmart stays vibrant for longer and isn’t prone to wear and tear like some competitor products.

  • artificial grass running track


JungleMulch is our original bonded rubber mulch that makes a brilliant outdoor running track surface. Our bonded mulch can be installed in a range of colours to give any running track the WOW factor.

  • running surfaces

Can I use my Sports Premium on running track surfaces?

In the UK, most primary schools will receive a PE and sports premium every year. This premium is a government initiative that was created with the goal of increasing and improving sporting opportunities for children. The sports premium must be spent on sustainable improvements to the quality of PE – hence it is fine to use the premium to install running tracks.

For more information about running track surfaces – why not take a look at our ‘How to choose a surface guide’? The guide features technical information about JungleMulch and ActiveSmart, as well as our other products. To download – click below!

Alternatively, feel free to call us on 01564 742811.

choose a safety surface

EcoSmart Safety Surfacing is the environmentally friendly choice for grass mats. It’s recycled, long lasting and allows the grass to grow through for natural play…


FireSmart Safety Surfacing is the original and the best fire retardant grass mat safety surface in the UK…


The innovative SmartPlay shock pad can be combined with EcoSmart or FireSmart grass mats offering an enhanced safety surfacing system for natural play environments…


The highest quality bonded rubber mulch, available in a range of colours, making surfaces brighter and more vibrant for longer…


RubbaSmart wet pour is a smooth surface that can be used to brighten up any area whether you want to use solid colour or incorporate crazy designs…