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Club climbing back in the saddle

Malvern Editorial 18th Dec, 2014 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

A MAN is set to resurrect a BMX club in Malvern continuing in the footsteps of his parents who were once key members themselves.

Nick Herbert is hoping to formally recreate the Malvern Hillbillies BMX Club at a meeting tomorrow (Thursday) after a whirlwind few weeks which has seen an incredible amount of support for his campaign to bring a track back to the town.

Just over a month ago the 39-year-old from Worcester started a Facebook page to generate interest for the idea which has since gained more than 1,000 likes.

After the club has reformed the dad-of-two will progress plans as to where the track will go.

He told the Observer: “I raced for the original club before we even had a track and my parents were there from the start building temporary tracks at schools so we could race.

“They were also on the club’s committees and helped raise money for the track by having a float at Malvern Carnival in 1985.

“I guess I am carrying on a family tradition. When I told my mum and dad what I was doing their eyes lit up. They told me to go for it but said to be prepared to do a lot of work.”

He added: “The Facebook page has certainly rattled some cages. Their really is a lot of enthusiasm for the idea so obviously something needs to be done.”

Nick said the ideal scenario would be to build the new track at the site of the old one at North End Lane where some of the old features such as the starting hill are still visible.

But a housing application for 57 homes on the site which is currently sitting with the district council could be a spoke in the wheels to that particular plan.

Nevertheless Nick has already identified three other possible sites in the Pickersleigh and Poolbrook areas which he will pursue after the club is reformed.

He said Worcester rider Tracy Moseley, a member of British Cycling, was behind the campaign and one idea could be to affiliate the Hillbillies with a prominent Malvern cycling club which would secure valuable funding.

Nick added: “I only started the Facebook page four weeks ago and the amount of people offering to help has been brilliant. Everyone is a bit in limbo at the moment so once we have reformed the club we can get a plan together and go from there.”

Anyone wishing to get involved can attend tomorrow’s meeting at Malvern Rugby Club which gets under way at 7.30pm.

Alternatively people can follow Malvern Hillbillies BMX track on Facebook and message Nick with their ideas on how to help.

 

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