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Day One of the halow250 charity bike ride 2016

Rose Connolley
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    On Friday 29th April the halow250 annual charity bike ride set off for its fifth year to raise money for young people with a learning disability that the halow project support. Patron of halow project Damon Hill and 105 cyclists from all over the country, including teams from main sponsors GM Recruitment and Young's, made their way to The Kings Head in Roehampton. The Young's pub supplied a delicious breakfast for the riders as they prepared for the first part of the journey, kitted out with their reflate kits from Branding Science.

    Our cyclists rode from Roehampton to Portsmouth stopping first at the top of renowned climb Staple Lane, 25 miles into the challenge. Thanks to Tesco the riders refuelled with high energy snacks. By 2:30pm they had already completed 74 miles, where at this point they were able to have a short rest and refuel just before setting off for the last leg of cycling for the day.

    At around 5pm the halow250 riders were welcomed to an Orchard Pig drinks reception at the Royal Marine museum to toast their fantastic achievement.  After this it was time to head towards the ferry where they were able to settle down for the night, ready to face the challenge of Day 2. Despite the weather being unpredictable with intermittent showers of rain, it has been a fantastic day. Our supporters, staff and young people got behind the incredible halow250 cyclists as they completed their first 86 miles of their 250 mile journey.

    The riders have raised an incredible amount of money so far! Find out the total by clicking the link: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fund/halow2502016  Please support the team if you can and share our campaign page on Facebook and Twitter.

    Thank you to Sandown Mercedes-Benz who have provided our official vehicles for a second year. Thanks also to those who have supported on the first day; whether you've baked for the riders, sponsored the ride or manned a cheering station. The halow250 would not be possible without your support!

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