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Our school community coming back together for the first time since lockdown to raise money for Great Ormond Street Hospital and the School's Bursary and Hardship fund.
11 Nov 2021
Written by Ann Revell
Alumni News
Picking up velocity at the velodrome
Picking up velocity at the velodrome

Sunday, 17 October, turned out to be a warm and dry day, perfect for a day of cycling by the 600 plus boys, parents, staff and alumni who took to the track at the Herne Hill Velodrome. It is one of the oldest cycling tracks in the world, built in 1891 with banking and a good surface, and was used as the velodrome for the 1948 Olympics. How lucky we are to have such a splendid facility close to the school and its team of coaches on hand to help guide each session.  

In half-hour slots, on their own two wheels or loaned track bikes, those participating pedalled around the circuit, building up the laps to try and beat the combined 2500 miles achieved by the Betws to Betws Alumni.  

Amongst those taking part were the children from Reception to Year 8, parents, staff, alumni, and the current Head Master and the former Headmaster, George Marsh. Replenishing spent energy were a range of food trucks producing crepes, pizzas, and hot drinks, which nourished a steady flow of hungry and thirsty riders and supporters.

The day felt calm and relaxed, a combination of fresh air, exercise and the goal of raising money for a good cause combined to create positive energy and a strong sense of camaraderie throughout the day. So much so that some parents have been inspired to hire the track for their own sessions. 

It was a success in every way, and all those there certainly enjoyed being able to meet up again, reflecting on the theme of being back together.


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