The halow250 #SuperEight came to a triumphant end on Sunday 5 May 2019 as 130 cyclists completed the annual cycle challenge to raise a record breaking £90,000 for the halow project.
This was the 8th year that the halow250 has raised funds for halow project. Organised by George Willis and Mark Foxwell of GM Recruitment, this year saw riders push themselves to the limits by covering 250 miles in just 40 hours across three days. The ride went from London to Guildford via Northern France over 3rd – 5th May 2019. The charity cycle ride was led by Damon Hill OBE and patron of the halow project and supported by a variety of corporate teams including headline sponsor Youngs Pubs who entered 30 cyclists for the event.
On Day 2 the riders cycle from St Malo to Caen a total of 112 miles and 2019 saw them being met with rain and 20 mph head winds. Martin Day, Trustee of the halow project, said “I have cycled every year and I think this one was the most challenging conditions ever. Everyone gave everything they had.”
Martin Day, halow trustee (Centre)
Exhausted after their three day epic adventure cyclists were greeted by family and friends, young people and families of halow as they rode as a peloton into the Welcome Home Party at Clock Barn Hall, Godalming.
The emotional home coming was lifted even further when George Willis and Mark Foxwell of GM Recruitment & 2boats, who organised the ride, congratulated the riders and presented a cheque to halow young people for a total £90,565.36 for the charity. Mark comments:
“The SuperEight really lived up to its name, what a super weekend. The weather in France provided challenging conditions even for the strongest of riders, with the peleton battling morning wind, rain, hail and even snow. This is the eighth year we have run the halow250 and for those that have been involved from the start this was the toughest year yet. Our 130 cyclists really worked to support each other throughout the weekend and it was great for them to meet halow young people at the welcome home party and learn of their own challenges. We will be back again next year, with the halow250 ‘2020’” .
Mark and George
Director of the halow project, Ann Kenney thanked all those who had taken part, saying:
“This event is our main fundraising event for the work halow does. Without George Willis and Mark Foxwell of GM Recruitment this would never have existed and are extremely grateful to them and all of you for this tremendous effort.
This year we have seen a record-breaking number of cyclists and fundraising total. We would like to thank all the cyclists for their support, dedication and determination to meet this challenge and raise vital funds for our work. To all of you who took part thank you so much for your belief in and support for our work with young people with a learning disability. You motivate and inspire everyone at halow to do more and to do better!”.
The halow250 would not be possible without our generous sponsors who support the ride with a range of resources. Thanks to their continuing support, every penny raised will go straight towards our services for young people. This year’s sponsors are: GM Recruitment, Young’s, Cheevers Howard, Sykes and Sons, LiteCup, Alexandra Hotel, Branding Science, MotorLux Mazda , Exchequer Solutions and Elswood Cycleworks.
Thanks to the generous donations raised through the halow250, we can support more young people with a learning disability in Surrey. This will enable us to;
- Recruit more Buddies to provide personalised support for more young people with a learning disability.
- Expand our support for young people in improving their life skills, confidence and independence. This means that young people will eventually be able to live independently in their own home.
- Provide a wider range of day time activities within our A Reason to Get Up - - -
- Programme so young people are inspired to learn and develop new skills within the community.
If you have been inspired by our riders, you can still show your support by making a donation to the halow250 2019 campaign page: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fund/halow250.2019
If you are interested in taking part in the next year’s event, please visit www.halow250.org.uk