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I was very excited when Harvey Hadden was being built. I raced on the grass track on Melbourn park until HH was opened. I was probably the first cyclist to use the track. Took my bike up there one evening when it was supposed to be finished but there was still about 50 yards that was not tarmacked. I rode on it anyway and zoomed down the banking onto the unfinished bit and fell off. Lots of grazes but I was still excited. I was only average as a racer at HH - a different type of racing completely from the grass track where I was league champion at twenty.

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Yes Peveril it was opened in August 1959. By coincidence the land of Bilborough or Billa was originally owned by William 'Peveral'.

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9 hours ago, PeverilPeril said:

I was very excited when Harvey Hadden was being built. I raced on the grass track on Melbourn park until HH was opened. I was probably the first cyclist to use the track. Took my bike up there one evening when it was supposed to be finished but there was still about 50 yards that was not tarmacked. I rode on it anyway and zoomed down the banking onto the unfinished bit and fell off. Lots of grazes but I was still excited. I was only average as a racer at HH - a different type of racing completely from the grass track where I was league champion at twenty.

Me & my mates. All schoolkids were riding tha cycle track every night when the workers had gone home soo PP sorry to dissillusion you but we were first on the travk !!!

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Disillusioned in more ways that one Catfan. When racing on HH I discovered that I was NOT a sprinter. I usually won something at every grass track meeting (usually sports days, Boots, Ericsons, miners welfares etc)  but just did not have the top end speed for hard tracks. I trained with Lloyd Binch who was national Champion. I was his lead out and he would shoot past me on the final straight with such ease.

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Great pictures Ian,thanks for posting, used to go to HH and watch the cycling in the 80's,I think it was on Tuesday evenings,some good racing to be had,

Can anyone remember the 7 day running races that was held there in the early 80's I think it was, i used to call in there on my way home from work to see how rhe runners were doing, I think they were re-enacting some sort of Victorian race

 

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I think Bilborough thread needs beefing up..like Dunkirk it seems not as popular..time to get digging.

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I remember going to see some Eddie Kidd / Evel Knievel stuntman loony jumping around on motorbikes type show on HH when I was a kid. 

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That pic brings back a lot of memories. Sitting in the middle of the track between heats suffering with lactic burning thighs. Norman Sheil (National coach) striding menacingly towards me and shouting "are you after blood"?  OK I had run his young protege off the track. He won World honours a year or two later.  I have a couple of pics somewhere of me riding on HH. Must try to find them.

By modern standards HH track was to big. Slower action for the viewers. Smaller tracks with steeper banking are more exciting and entertaining. 

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Thanks for all contributions as i know next to nothing about this area except the bike spares boxes 'sturmey archer'.

Looking at the Bilborough file-it looked a bit thin.

I view NS as a database for the future of a place i love dearly.

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Hippo Girl and I spent many happy hours at Harvey Hadden Stadium when we were members of Notts AC and competing against each other in school matches and District and County Championships.  We’re both on this photo and even right next to each other but believe it or not we didn’t know each other until Nottstalgia brought us together a few years ago.  Small World isn’t it? !!

This was around 1965 we think.  

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A couple of companies that I used to deal with that have vanished = Rennet's the tool makers and ??? blast my memory! a cosmetics company on the Western Boulevard end of Wigman Rd., who outgrew the premises. 

 

Wish I had the recall of Ian123 - I can only recall a fraction of what he can - even about my locality in Radford. Oddly enough I can recall details sometimes  eg., Rennet's - the manager was Ron Tovey and chief draghtsman was Terry Julian. 

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Mr Softee Ice Cream. Had great fun working there !

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My main memory of racing at Harvey Hadden, particularly on Track League evenings, was that it was always bloody freezing no matter what time of the year.

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I was in the Philatelie Society at Glenbrook in the 50’s run by a Mr Hill if my memory is correct. I can remember the club going with him, not sure where, and we had to take our stamp books. It would have been for the competition that she won, think it took place every year. Don’t remember this though.

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Oops!..i was going by the paper. RITA not Rika..was presented by the Late Derrick Avery this award in 1958.

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Didn't the running track have what they called a "Tartan" surface, a kind of self levelling top coat so that when it was run over with athletes wearing spiked running shoes it wouldn't cut up the surface?

 

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My only experience of H.H. was getting off the 56/60 bus on wigman road and climbing over the gate then walking round the top to the gate next to bilborough bus depot. Especially when on an early shift. That was back in 1962-66 when I was a conductor then driver.

 

 

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1 hour ago, plantfit said:

Didn't the running track have what they called a "Tartan" surface, a kind of self levelling top coat so that when it was run over with athletes wearing spiked running shoes it wouldn't cut up the surface?

 

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It was a cinder track when Hippogirl and I competed on it in the 60s. 

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Thanks for that Lizzie, seem to remember a "self levelling" surface sometime in the 70's/early 80's, can you remember a seven day runing race held sometime in the early to mid 80's, think it was based on a Victorian event, I used to call in there on my way home from Bunny on my bicycle, I think the runners did so many hours running around the track and so many hours for sleeping and eating

 

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I’d hung up me spikes by then Plantfit and also moved away from Nottingham. Hippogirl might well remember as her children were members of Notts AC.   

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Back in the day, I was a regular at the Nottingham Track League cycle races which ran every Wednesday evening between March/April and autumn.

 

My main memory is that it was always freezing!

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