The 8th year of the halow250 #Supereight came to a triumphant close today as the team of 130+ cyclists made their way to Guildford to complete the final stage of their epic journey.
The riders rose to another early start when the ferry docked into Portsmouth at 6.45am this morning. After a gruelling day in France yesterday with high northly winds, hail and challenging conditions, the riders welcomed a shorter route today to reach Clock Barn Farm nr Godalming for the Welcome Home Party.
The riders still had to overcome the steep hills of the South Downs and thankfully the first official support stop was at 25 miles, just outside Midhurst. The riders had plenty of snacks to keep them fuelled for the race to the finish line, donated by Kind Protein Bars, Eat Natural and Torq Fitness. The final push was thankfully to the Young’s pub the for one final drink before setting off for the finish line, led by Nick and Nigel on the tandem!
Finally, friends and family, halow young people, staff, volunteers and supporters all gathered to celebrate the halow250 cyclists at the Welcome Home Party. It was a fantastic and emotional atmosphere to see the riders cross the finish line after a demanding three days of cycling. halow young people cheered and applauded each rider as they crossed the finish line and handed out a well-earned medal to each rider. Of course, after cycling 250 miles a celebratory glass of Prosecco was well-deserved by our riders and a BBQ was then enjoyed by all.
Event organisers, George Willis and Mark Foxwell of GM Recruitment & 2boats congratulated the riders and presented a cheque to halow young people for a record breaking total of £90,565 for the halow project.
A special congratulations goes to one of our young people, Sam Austin. Sam cycled Day 1 of the halow 250 ( London to Portsmouth) alongside Robin Reynolds from Barclays. On Day 2 he joined the Waitrose Guildford Static ride and cycled the equivalent miles to our riders in France, finally on Day 2 he re-joined the main halow 250 pack from Portsmouth to the finish line.
Meanwhile the static bike ride did a fantastic job with around 30 young people taking part. Erica and Harry successfully completed the 250 miles together and other halow young people putting in sessions on the bike. Other members of the group were busy raising awareness in the community of Guildford and engaging with Waitrose Customers.
The halow250 would not be possible without our generous sponsors who support the ride with a range of resources. Thanks to their continuing support, every penny raised will go straight towards our services for young people. This year’s sponsors are: GM Recruitment, Youngs, Cheevers Howard, Sykes and Sons, Lite Cup UK, Alexander Hotel, Branding Science, Mazda Motorlux, Exchequer Solutions and Elswood Cycleworks. A big thank you to our venues, Clock Barn Hall, Godalming, Young’s Kings Head Pub, Roehampton and Southsea Castle, for hosting us.
If you have been inspired by the halow250 riders, please make a donation to the halow250 campaign.
More photos and videos are to follow.