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Day One of the halow250 charity bike ride

Hannah Adair
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    On Friday 1st of May the halow250 charity bike ride set off for its fourth year to raise money for young people with learning disabilities. halow project supporters from all over the country, made their way to the The Kings Head in Roehampton. The pub, owned by Young's, supplied a hearty breakfast as the riders gathered to prepare for the first leg of the journey. We were thrilled to welcome the Lord Mayor of Wandsworth councillor Stuart Thom who came to wave off our brilliant team.

    Our cyclists rode from Roehampton to Portsmouth stopping first at the top of renowned climb Staple Lane, 30 miles into the challenge. Where Harris & Hoole and Tesco fuelled our riders with hot drinks, flapjacks and bananas. Having covered the first 60 miles they were able to rest and fuel up again as they passed through Marley Lane just outside of Haslemere, Hampshire.

    Around 5pm the halow250 riders were welcomed to an Orchard Pig reception on the HMS Warrior to toast all they had achieved on their first day.  It was then time to make their way to the ferry and the team received a military escort through the Historic Dockyard to the Port before they boarded a Brittany Ferry to take them to St Malo, a walled port city in Brittany. "There were some tough inclines today along a very picturesque route - a couple of tumbles along the way but everyone pulled together and helped each other along." Riders were glad to arrive at HMS Warrior just as the rain began to fall. 

    It has been an amazing and genuinely inspiring day as our supporters, staff and young people rallied behind the incredible halow250 cyclists as they completed their first 82 miles of their 250 mile journey.

    Our riders have raised incredible amount of money so far find out how much by clicking on the link, please support them if you can and share our campaign page.

    http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fund/halow250

    Thank you to Sandown Mercedes-Benz who have sponsored our support team this year providing our official vehicles. They look great and we love them- thank you!

    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. We could not do it without you! 

    Find out more on Twitter @halowproject and @halow250