The 5th year of the halow250 came to a triumphant close today as the team of 105 cyclists made their way to Guildford to complete the final leg of their tough journey.
The riders were ready to face the music when the ferry pulled in to Portsmouth at 6.45am this morning. A slightly slower paced day than Saturday, some of the cyclists had a chance to stop at local coffee shops after breakfast to prepare for the last tough ride ahead of them. The first official support stop was at 27 miles at the Rising Sun car park, where they had reached just over halfway of their 50 mile journey. They were able to have a moment of rest before setting off again.
Riders picked up the pace to get to the Young's pub the White Hart, Witley for one final stop before the short ride to the Guildford Rugby Club. Here they were able to congratulate each other and have some food and drink, happy that the majority of the ride was over. This stop allowed all of the cyclists to gather together before cycling to finish as one large peloton.
Around 200 family, friends, halow young people, staff, volunteers and supporters gathered to cheer the halow250 cyclists into the Guildford Rugby Club. It was an emotional home coming for riders and their family, having finished the physically demanding challenge, free to celebrate their accomplishment. Loud cheers and applause were endless as cyclists rode into the Club, surrounded by their friends and family. Once all riders had returned the Welcome Party began where they were rewarded with a glass of Prosecco and a barbecue. halow young people rallied around the cyclists to give them their much deserved medals for completing the halow250.
George Willis and Mark Foxwell GM Recruitment & 2boats congratulated the riders and presented a cheque to halow Patron and Founder, Damon Hill, for a total of £78,589.73 for the halow project. Damon thanked all those who took part and helped to organise the ride saying, "This money will change people's lives and will make sure that young people with a learning disability are going to get a lot of fun, activity and independence. All the riders and organisers are heroes."
halow would like to thank all the halow250 sponsors Young's and GM Recruitment for their hard work and financial support. Thanks to: Branding Science, Sandown Mercedes-Benz, 2Boats, Orchard Pig, Uutensil, Exchequer Solutions, Serious Stuff and Scimatar Sports. A very special thank you to those who volunteered in the support team and helped the riders. Finally and most importantly, thank you to every single one of the 105 cyclists who worked hard in training, riding the full 250 miles and raising money for halow and helping to change lives of young people with a learning disability.
You can still make a donation to the halow250 campaign, please join the halow250 riders in making a difference for young people with a learning disability.
If you have been inspired by our amazing team of cyclists check out www.halow250.org.uk to register your interest for the halow250 2017!