SEBASTIAN Coe once graced the green spaces of a Heston estate, according to campaigners fighting to protect them from development.
The double Olympic champion was among a number athletes to use the land on Heston's Brabazon Road estate, now earmarked for housing, to warm up for the Thames Valley Road Relay, protesters claim.
The annual three-mile race started and finished on the estate for many years, with competitors using the grass areas to warm up and warm down.
Lord Coe competed in the race several times towards the end of his glittering career, according to athletics coach Terrence Noad, who is leading a campaign to save the green spaces.
“The greens were covered with athletes warming up on the day of the race and I will never forget seeing Sebastian Coe run past my window," said Mr Noad.
“I've coached athletes here for 30 years and those greens are also well used by families and dog walkers. It will be a huge shame if those greens are replaced by housing and a car park.”
Richard Ash, former British 1500m champion, is one of many athletes Mr Noad has coached to national success over the years.
The 37-year-old, now a coach himself at Brunel University, said: “That whole area used to be orchards but there's not much green space now and it would be such a shame to see it developed on. I'm sure there are better places for them to build flats.”
Hounslow Homes, which manages council housing in the borough, was last month given the green light to build 55 homes on the estate.
That would mean the loss of two green spaces, although the main green would be preserved.
Mr Noad has applied for those plots to be awarded village green status, which would virtually prohibit them being built on.
With an inquiry this summer set to decide whether the greens are granted protected status, he wants to hear from those who have used them over the years and could help the cause.
Anyone who believes they could help can call him on 020 8897 0064.
Hounslow Homes has said it needs to balance the concerns of residents on the estate with the need for affordable housing in the area.