News from the Velodrome Trust

The current focus of the Herne Hill Velodrome Trust is the completion of Phase 2, the Southwark Olympic Legacy Project – new facilities and improvements to the inner field, plus trackside lighting.  Since being awarded planning permission our contractors FM Conway have been on site delivering the project and progress has been good.  Conway is expected to finish the inner field on schedule, and in time for Good Friday, 29 March 2013.

The date of Good Friday is hugely significant to Herne Hill; as for the last 110 years the velodrome has hosted one of the biggest and best track race meetings in the UK.  Every track star of the last century has ridden at the Southern Counties Cycling Union Good Friday Meeting and we are delighted that with the new main track, laid by British Cycling in 2011, and new facilities being delivered at the moment, we are well on our way to being able to offer some of the world’s top riders better facilities here at Herne Hill.  Attracting riders of this calibre means a more exciting and engaging day for spectators, and who knows, the next Chris Hoy or Bradley Wiggins could be an inspired youngster watching this year’s event.

Tickets for residents? Usually £12 or £6 for children. Must be arranged in advance via Hillary Peachey at hillary@hhvt.org by next Wednesday 20th March

Now the Southwark Olympic Legacy Project is nearly complete, the Trust is turning attentions to match funding the £1.5m, which has been secured from the London Marathon Charitable Trust and Sport England, towards the final phase, a new pavilion. As soon as we have confirmation that a funder has been found we will return to local residents and cyclists, as we did with the Olympic Legacy project, to fully consult and ensure a wide variety of views are taken in to account for this much loved and important cycling site.

And don’t forget the Friends of Herne Hill host their first big party of the year next week.  It’s on Thursday March 21st at The Ledger Building, 4 Hertsmere Rd, West India Quay, and London. E14 4AL. Doors Open 6.30pm for racing at 7pm. We will have an auction (kindly hosted by our neighbours Jo Brand and James Nesbitt), raffle, and Rollapaluza racing – static bikes in a head-to-head competition fuelled by the crowd and a knowledge it should only last 90 seconds! For details please visit: http://www.hernehillvelodrome.com/friends/thespringopener/

Herne Hill Velodrome Trust

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