Sam Austin, a young person who attends the halow project – a charity based in Guildford – will be cycling an epic 250 miles in two and a half days.
Sam is part of the Building Futures programme at halow, a community based learning programme that develops confidence, life skills, communication and leadership skills in young people with a learning disability in order to prepare them for an independent adult life.
As part of Sam’s personal goals on the course, he set himself the personal challenge of completing 250 miles inspired by the halow250 bike ride which has been raising funds for halow for 7 years.
The May Bank Holiday weekend marks the 7th annual halow250 bike ride which is the premier fundraising event for the halow project and sees over 100 riders cycling 250 miles over the weekend from London to Guildford via Northern France. (www.halow250.org.uk)
Sam will complete 200 miles as a static halow250 on the weekend of Friday 4th May to Sunday 6th May outside Waitrose in Guildford.
On Sunday 6th May Sam will complete Day 3 of the challenge following the same route as the 100 halow250 cyclists that will be cycling from London to Guildford over the same weekend. Sam will join the riders as they return from France to complete the final 50 miles of the ride ending at Clock Barn Hall, Godalming.
Young people of the halow project have been so inspired by the efforts on this intrepid band of fundraisers that for 2018 they have organised their own static 250 mile bike ride over the same weekend and aim to meet the riders at the finish line having completed the mileage themselves as a team.
Read below why Sam wanted to ride:
“ I really want to do the halow250 bike ride and have been training hard. I am doing on it my new bike on Friday and Saturday outside Waitrose Guildford and on Sunday with the main halow250 ride from Portsmouth to Guildford. Training going up hills had been the hard bit. I volunteer at Guildford Bike Project and Jim and the team have made me an orange bike for the ride which is perfect!”
You can help support Sam by
1) visiting the Static halow250 ride at Waitrose Guildford on Friday and Saturday between 9.30am and 4.30pm
2) making a donation towards Sam’s Epic Challenge fundraising page
Thanks to local companies Guildford Spectrum, Evans Cycles, Guildford Bike Project and WAITROSE Guildford and George Willis and Mark Foxwell of GMR the organisers of the halow250 bike ride for making this possible.
On Sunday 6th May Sam will be at Clock Barn Hall, Godalming with all the other halow250 riders for the Welcome Home Party.