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2 Boats Cycle Challenge raises over £60,000

Diane Bird
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    It was an emotional sight as the peloton of over 70 riders departed from Putney, all cycling 250 miles in 48 hours to raise funds for us.

    The Boathouse, a lovely Young’s pub on the river in Putney was the venue for registration and breakfast for the riders. Young’s have been a great support to George and Mark from 2Boats, who have organised the ride for the past two years.

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    Leaving in three groups, the riders were bid farewell by 1996 Formula One World Champion, Damon Hill, who is halow’s Patron .

    The riders headed for Portsmouth, where a reception was held for them on board HMS Warrior, before departing for St Malo. They arrived early on Saturday morning, then cycled a further 120 miles around Northern France before re-embarking on the ferry at Caen.

    Arriving at Guildford Rugby Club at 2pm on Sunday, they were greeted by a huge crowd and the shire horses and dray from Youngs.

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    Chair of the halow Board of Trustees, Matt McArthur was on the ride, along with his wife, Maxine. Matt commented: “We've all had such a journey this weekend, some lows but plenty of highs and everyone has dug deep to achieve their own personal ambitions whilst combining together to raise a wonderful sum for halow. I think we can all feel justifiably proud of ourselves. I'd like to say a very big thank you to all those involved in the planning and logistics for this event because without it I'm sure many of us would still be cycling somewhere in France now! Finally a big thank you to all those that kindly sponsored our riders, we really appreciate your support."

    Photograph: Alistair Wilson

    To date, the ride has raised around £50,000 with more to come ...