The epic halow250 came to a climatic end today as the 110 cyclists rode into Guildford to complete the final leg of their 250 mile challenge.
Our riders were up and about early this morning as the ferry arrived in Portsmouth at 6.45am. After breakfast on the ferry they cycled the new route towards The Sustainability Centre for the first rallying point with refreshments at the 16 mile marker.
The first official support stop was at The Seven Sisters car park at mile 23 at around 10.30am. The weather was still cold and wet making the third day of cycling through constant rain even tougher for our brave team.
By 12.30pm the advance group were gathered at the Young's pub the White Hart, Witley a chance to relax, socialise and and grab something to eat, safe in the knowledge that the hard work was over. This stop allowed all of the cyclists to gather together before cycling to finish as one large peloton. There was a little delay to the final home coming as some of the group had got behind but all were determined to ride in together. Having rounded up the whole team they headed in towards the rugby club and the sun finally came out!
Around 200 family, friends, halow young people, staff and volunteers gathered to cheer the halow250 cyclists into the Guildford Rugby Club. It was an emotional home coming for riders having completed the gruelling challenge in awful weather conditions. Cheers and applause filled the air as riders came to a standstill surrounded by their loved ones. Riders received a welcome glass of Prosecco and their medals from halow young people.
George Willis and Mark Foxwell of GM Recruitment & 2boats congratulated the riders and presented a cheque to halow Chairman, Martin Day, for a total of £76,526 for the halow project. Martin thanked all those who took part and helped to organise the ride saying, "That is an incredible total, raised by an incredible group of people for a brilliant cause!"
halow would like to thank all our halow250 sponsors Young's and GMR Recruitment for their hard work and financial support. Thank you to Sandown Mercedes-Benz, Wandle Cycle Works, 2Boats and everyone who supported the ride and ensured the riders were safe, comfortable and motivated. An enormous thank you to all the cyclists who worked hard in training, getting sponsorship & riding 250 miles, all for halow.
You can still make a donation to the halow250 campaign and be part of this amazing adventure to support young people with a learning disability.
If you have been inspired by our intrepid supporters check out www.halow250.org.uk to register your interest for the halow250 2016!