Our annual charity bike ride, the halow250 challenges 130 + riders to cycle 250 miles from London to France in just 48 hours, led by our charity’s patron, Damon Hill OBE.
New date to be confirmed due to COVID-19 pandemic
250 Miles, From London to France and back to Surrey
£500 Minimum per person
Every year in our halow250 ride, enthusiastic cyclists cover 250 miles in just 40 hours across three days. The ride goes from London to Guildford via Northern France! The route is planned to ensure the riders see as much of the countryside as possible.
The event is not just about distance covered, but also about the unique group camaraderie and friendly atmosphere that help the participants to succeed. Sometimes people are worried that they are not up to the physical challenge of the trip, however, with plenty of preparation and training, we believe most people can achieve this ride. We have had a huge range of abilities completing previous halow250 weekends.
Our supporters have grown to love this event and are keen to take part whatever the weather throws at them! In 2019 for example, the rain and head winds were extremely testing and one of our Trustees, Martin Day said “I have cycled every time and I think this year was the most challenging ever. Everyone gave everything they had.”
This ride is led by our patron, Damon Hill OBE, and supported by a variety of dedicated corporate teams and amazing, generous sponsors.
On day 1 the cyclists set off for from London to Portsmouth and then catch an overnight ferry to France.
After arriving in St Malo on the second day the riders cycle to Caen, a total of 112 miles.
On the last day, and after taking an overnight ferry, the riders dock into Portsmouth at 6.45am, and then head to Clock Barn Farm near Godalming for the Welcome Home Party. Waiting for them are their friends and family, halow young people, staff, volunteers and supporters who all gather to celebrate halow250.
There is always a fantastic and emotional atmosphere when the riders cross the finish line after the demanding three-day cycle event. halow young people cheer, applaud and hand out well-earned medals to each rider as they cross the line. And of course, after cycling 250 miles, a celebratory glass of Prosecco is always very welcome as is the BBQ that follows.
At the end of this epic adventure, event organisers, George Willis and Mark Foxwell of GM Recruitment & 2boats congratulate the riders and present a cheque to our young people. In 2019 the ride raised a record-breaking total of £90,565 for the halow project.
The young people that don’t go on the ride can still be involved by peddling away in a parallel event – the Static halow250 that takes place in the car park of one of our wonderful partners, Waitrose, Guildford. This is another fantastic opportunity to support our charity. Alongside our young people, members of the public love to get involved too.