Hi all,

I have been selected to ride the Rapha Festive 500 in one day at the Herne Hill Velodrome this December. 500km, in one go, around a 450m long cycling track. 

To give it some context, 500km is double the length of any ride I’ve ever done and is the equivalent of riding from London to Newcastle. And for added spice (and lunacy), I’ll be doing it by completing 1,112 mind-numbing laps of an outdoor velodrome.

This challenge gives me the heebie-jeebies, it's both exciting and very daunting. It is also big enough to try and raise some money for a charity very close to my family's heart right now, the Weldmar Hospicecare. As many know, my wonderful Mum has recently passed away after a long battle with bowel cancer. She was an inspiration to all in how she handled the situation and I love her more than anything. Weldmar’s compassionate approach has been a real help on this journey and eases our minds knowing that there is a variety of support available whenever needed.

I’ll also be fundraising for the HHV, who provides such a fantastic service for the London community as well as being one of many outlets involving the bike for me in this difficult time.

The miles are one thing but the main challenge will be the monotony of those laps for over 18 hours in the cold and the dark. I’ll need some motivation to keep me sane so any donation big or small will hopefully see me through!

One of my best mates @jmurray2701 is also fundraising for Weldmar in the New Year, running 100 miles in 24 hours, so be sure to check out his effort as well. I reckon mine is harder but it’s not a competition or anything… 

Thanks, George


£11,451.25 raised of £500.00 target by 372 supporters

£9,589.38 donated and £1,861.87 in GiftAid


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From 1st December 2021. Until 20th January 2022.


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Friends of Herne Hill Velodrome from Friends of Herne Hill Velodrome

The Friends of Herne Hill Velodrome (FHHV) is an inclusive club and welcomes people of all ages and ability. We are based at the historic, outdoor velodrome in Herne Hill. Our primary purpose is to support the Herne Hill Velodrome through raising and providing funds , organising social events and volunteering. We have over 400 members.

As you would expect the focus is track cycling but there is also is also plenty of participation on and off road. In the coming months we plan to introduce group rides.

We have a thriving social scene with plenty of opportunities to meet and hang out at Jan’s Café in the Herne Hill Velodrome Pavilion after sessions and at other events throughout the year. Everyone is welcome.