Stealth Tracks

So, is this – up near the Roman remains – for the Olympics (18 months in advance) or for something else? I know there’s always been mutterings (under the breath) about a sort of dummy-run event this year (which nobody seems to talk about much) but even that’s – what – 6 months or so away. I know absolutely nothing about the ‘test event’ bar the stuff on the 2012 website – does anyone else? There are a load of websites that just say ‘test events are ‘planned’ but even Horse & Hound don’t seem to have any idea what’s going on. I suspect organisers are  doing their best not to say anything at all about it because they know there will be various stinks kicked up, but surely they’ll have to just casually drop it into the conversation at some point?

This is what’s on the London 2012 website about the test event:

Will there be a Test Event?

Yes, we plan to hold a smaller scale event during the summer of 2011 to ensure everything is working properly well in advance of the Games and to make any adjustments necessary.

This is common for many Olympic sports, not just Equestrian, but we don’t need to put on a full scale dress rehearsal to achieve this. The Equestrian element of the Test Event will be a middle-level international Eventing competition taking place on 4-6 July 2011 (subject to confirmation). There will also be a Modern Pentathlon competition on 9-10 July 2011 (subject to confirmation). We will minimise disruption by running both elements of the Test Event in one week, outside the school holidays to reduce the impact on the local community. Further information about the Test Event will be available in 2011.

Well, that’s now. We’d like some info please.

Thanks to Stephen for the pictures.

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9 Comments to “Stealth Tracks”

  1. Robert Number16 says:

    I have been helping make a tv prog about the effects the 2012 Olympics have on people`s lives in Greenwich.Will let you know if I get to hear about any “dummy run”
    I did manage to do an interview with artist Edward Hill about his Greenwich Park “dig” just by the jump and Roman site pictured above. He was very happy to have his say as the CPS did not give him his day in court.

  2. David says:

    Is the best the equestrian powers to be have to offer. Sounds to me like it is planned, but they’ve no idea what exactly it’s going to entail. Hard to guess if the ballsup is the fault of the olympics organisers or the horsey people.

  3. Dave48 says:

    Anybody know what the story is on the boating pond? It’s been re-lined and has one of these fenced plinths.

    I have noticed that over the last couple of weeks more and more of those white plastic markers have been planted.

  4. Stephen says:

    “Anybody know what the story is on the boating pond? It’s been re-lined and has one of these fenced plinths.”

    It’s going to be a water jump.

  5. Sev says:

    The test event this year is scheduled for 4-8 July. Details of the works and Park closures will no doubt be detailed in LOCOG’s planning application.

    This is the official response from the Council:

    It is my understanding that the submission of detail applications for
    the test event at Greenwich Park will be formally submitted around the
    18th February.


    Louise Thayre
    Principal Planning Officer

  6. Dimitri says:

    Yes I came away from these ruins rather deflated after a major climb up to see them. a tea house next to them with a deck to overlook the scenne would be nice!!

  7. Chris R says:

    A standard double-decker bus with no route number and a destination of “Athletes’ Village Shuttle Service” passed me on Trafalgar Road at around 7 this evening. Perhaps the first sign of a dry-run?

  8. jessica says:

    LOCOG is slowly creeping up in all directions in our beloved park. Plastic white markers everywhere – it’s going to be a shambles. I attended the meeting at Woolwich the night the decision was made and even then it was obvious that it was a done deal. The chairman was actually talking with the chap beside him on at least one occasion when an objector was putting forward his views!
    I’m disgusted with the whole thing!

  9. Joe D says:

    Just occurred to me — there aren’t any shallow electricity cables running under the park, are there?