The sixth year of the halow250 came to a triumphant close today as the team of 110 cyclists made their way to Guildford to complete the final leg of their tough journey.
The riders rose to another early start when the ferry pulled in to Portsmouth at 6.45am this morning. After a tough day in France, the riders welcomed a shorter route of 50 miles to reach Clock Barn Hall for the Welcome Home Party.
The riders still had to overcome the hills of the South Downs and thankfully the first official support stop was at 25 miles was at Stedham Village Hall, just outside Midhurst. Thanks to Eat Natural Bars and Bounce Balls UK, the riders had plenty of snacks to keep them fuelled for the race for the finish line. The last stop of the day was at the Young's pub the White Hart, Witley for one final stop before gathering together for the final peloton, led Nick and Nigel on the tandem to Clock Barn Hall for the Welcome Home Party.
Finally, Around 200 family, friends, halow young people, staff, volunteers and supporters gathered to cheer the halow250 cyclists for 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 came through 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 had by our riders and a BBQ was then enjoyed by all.
George Willis and Mark Foxwell from GM Recruitment & 2boats congratulated the riders and presented a cheque to halow Patron and Founder, Damon Hill, for a total of £77,378.97 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."
The halow250 would not be possible without our generous sponsors who support the ride with a range of resources. Thanks to their continuous supports, every penny raised will go straight towards our services for young people. This year’s sponsors are: Youngs, Cheevers Howard, Skyes, Arrow, Exchequer, ÜUTENSIL Frank Reynolds Architects, Orchard Pig, Elswood Cycleworks, MotorLux Newbury. Thank you to our suppliers, Scimitar Sports, Eat Natural Bars and Bounce Balls. A very special thank you goes to the support team who volunteered their time and helped the riders. Finally and most importantly, thank you to every single one of the 110 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.
If you have been inspired by the halow250 riders, please make a donation to the halow250 campaign, please join the halow250 riders in making a difference for young people with a learning disability.