Members of the public have raised almost £60,000 of a £75,000 target to kit out a new pavilion as the crowning glory of the Herne Hill Velodrome.
In 2010 the velodrome was saved from impending closure due to a drastically deteriorated surface and length of leasehold issues. The Save the Velodrome Campaign was launched, and secured a 99 year lease with the landowners.
With a combination of charity funds and various sponsors including Sport England, the Marathon Trust, the Mayor’s Fund and Southwark Council, resurfacing the track was completed in 2012, with all-weather tarmac, lights, an inner track and a multi-use games area were completed in 2014, and the final drive is on to fund building and fitting out a new pavilion.
The building itself will be completed in early 2017 but will need fitting out, with a changing room and toilets, offices and a kitchen, and most importantly, a club room and grandstand.
Velodrome supporters are asked to pledge their cash and receive a reward if the project is fully funded by the end of January.
Those paying over £150 can have their name plaque on a seat in the grandstand, among other rewards.
To donate or see the plans, click here.
After an unpromising start, having to be bribed by her parents to learn to ride without stabilisers, Sarah became rather keener on cycling in her university years, and was eventually persuaded to upgrade to proper road cycling by the prospect of a shiny red Italian bike, which she promptly destroyed by trapping a pair of knickers in the rear derailleur. Sarah writes about about cycling every weekend on road.cc.