WALTHAMSTOW GREYHOUND STADIUM

This site is not an official website for the track shown here and is neither approved or endorsed by the stadium. I am indebted to Richard English for the scans of badges on this page.

The first greyhound meeting took place at the Chingford Road venue, in Walthamstow, North-East London, on 15 April 1931 on a track constructed by William Chandler. His family owned the track throughout its existence. The track was situated at 0° 0' W 51° 36' N. The track witnessed some of the most prestigious races on the calendar, including the Stow Marathon over 820 metres, the Grand Prix over 640 metres, and the Carling Test over 640 metres. Initially it was an independent flapping track, but on 13th January 1938 it applied to race under NGRC rules.

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The Arc was first run at the track in 1987 and had an unbroken spell until it transferred to Swindon in 2009. It was contested over 475 metres or 519 yards, with the inaugural race being won by Funny Oyster. (A full list of previous winners is shown below) It finally closed its gates on 16th August 2008.
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Track Records, as of 1947, are shown below together with an indication of how fast the time is in comparison to other tracks, both for currently open and defunct tracks, in the UK. Ratings are between 0 and 100, where 100 is an extremely fast time and reflects the speed of the track, tightness of the circuit and quality of greyhound visiting the tracks. I am grateful to Tony Nash for providing the data.
SPRINTS (up to 385m) STANDARD (386-549m) DISTANCE (550-699m) EXTENDED (700-999m)
Walthamstow Track Records at a snapshot in time:-
STANDARD 500 yards Shaggys Lass 28.55 secs Rating 10 13th December 1945
STANDARD 525 yards Ballynennan Moon 29.79 secs Rating 15 21st November 1942
EXTENDED 700 yards Stylish Nancy 40.92 secs Rating 8 29th November 1945
Track Records as of 1989
STANDARD 475 metres Fore Top 28.55 secs Rating 35
DISTANCE 640 metres Waltham Abbey 39.18 secs Rating 38

Track Records as of March 1996
SPRINT 235 metres Farncombe Black 14.16 secs. Rating 33 25th August 1988
STANDARD 475 metres Star of Tyrone 28.49 secs Rating 37 19th March 1995
DISTANCE 640 metres Suncrest Sail 39.23 secsĀ  Rating 37 19th March 1995
EXTENDED 880 metres Decoy Lynx 55.65 secsĀ  Rating 24 8th October 1994
MARATHON 1045 metres Smart Decision 68.00 secs Rating 59 12th August 1995

This section gives a comprehensive picture of the badges produced by the track throughout the ages, but only provides the briefest of glimpses of its history. For those wishing to undertake further research we can recommend a visit to

http://astore.amazon.co.uk/wwwgreyhoundd-21 where further reading can be undertaken.

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If you have rare Walthamstow badges and artefacts for sale then email johnslusar@fsmail.net

ARC WINNERS (Run over 475 metres or 519 yards)
1987 Funny Oyster
1988 Foretop
1989 Kilcannon Bullet
1990 Brownies Outlook
1991 Fires of War
1992 Murlens Abbey
1993 Bonney Steven
1994 Westmead Chick
1995 Westmead Merlin
1996 Coom Cruiser
1997 Blue Murlen
1998 Ceekay
1999 El Hombre
2000 Fat Boy Slim
2001 Scotts Kelly
2002 Vancouver Jet
2003 Hopeful Moment
2004 Airtech Rapid
2005 Fire Height Dan
2006 Milldean Billy
2007 Too Risky
2008 Centaur Decree