The sixth year of the halow250 came to a triumphant end on Sunday 30 April as 110 cyclists made their way to Guildford to complete the final leg of the annual cycle ride to raise money for the halow project. The riders pushed themselves to the limits by covering 250 miles in just three days through the Surrey Hills and the South Downs before crossing the channel to Northern France. By the time the riders finally reached to the finish line at Clock Barn Hall they had raised an astounding £77,378.97 for the halow project.
Led by Damon Hill OBE and patron of the halow project and halow young person, Nick Ivil along with his cycling partner, Nigel Trumper on the tandem, left the The Kings Head in Roehampton after a hearty breakfast thanks to our headline sponsor Youngs. On the first day of the ride, the cyclists had a challenging 80 miles through the Surrey Hills and South Downs to the Peter Ashley Activity Centre in Portsmouth before boarding the overnight ferry to France.
On the second day, the riders crossed Northern France from St Malo to Caen to complete over 117 miles in just one day. The cyclists enjoyed riding parts of the famous Tour de France route, stopping at the iconic Mont Saint-Michel and beautiful views and picturesque French Countryside.
On the final day, the riders welcomed a shorter route to reach Clock Barn Hall for the Welcome Home Party. The halow250 cyclists were greeted to an emotional home coming from family, friends, halow young people, staff and volunteers who gathered together to cheer the halow250 team to the finish line. Riders received a welcome glass of Prosecco and medals from halow young people.
George Willis and Mark Foxwell of GM Recruitment & 2boats, who organised the ride, congratulated the riders and presented a cheque to halow Patron Damon Hill, for a total of £77,378.97 for the halow project. Damon thanked all those who had taken part and helped to organise the ride saying, "This is a fantastic event and on behalf of the halow project we are so grateful to every single rider who has taken on the 250 mile challenge, to our sponsors and organisers and our wonderful volunteers who make the event what it is.”
The halow250 would not be possible without generous sponsors who support the ride with a range of resources. We would especially like to thank this year’s headline sponsor; Youngs together with event sponsors; Cheevers Howard, GM Recruitment, Exchequer, ÜUTENSIL, Frank Reynolds Architects, Orchard Pig, Elswood Cycleworks and MotorLux Newbury - their continuous support ensures that every penny raised will go to the halow project. Thank you also to event suppliers; Scimitar Sports, Eat Natural Bars, Bounce Balls and Tesco Guildford for ensuring the riders were well supplied and fed throughout the ride.
If you have been inspired by our riders, you can still show your support by making a donation to the halow project through the halow250 2017 fundraising page here: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fund/halow250.2017
100% of your donation will go to the halow project to support young people with a learning disability to have the same life choices and chances as any other young person. From its community based social activities and learning programmes, to its 1:1 personalised support via its Buddy service, halow helps young people to gain confidence, skills and be supported to live as independently as possible.
If you are interested in taking part in the 2018 event registrations open on the 26th May 2017. Please visit www.halow250.org.uk