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Two Boats Damon Hill grabs chequered flag on 250 mile charity bike ride

Two Boats Damon Hill grabs chequered flag on 250 mile charity bike ride

Damon Hill may be best known for zooming around the track on four wheels but, on 4 May, he took to two wheels as part of a Putney to Guildford bike ride to raise money for charity.  There was only one catch Damon’s team cycled the route via France.

Organised and managed by Construction recruiter GM Recruitment, the 250 mile Two Boats Cycle Challenge has to date raised over &pound40,000 for the halow project, a charity dedicated to creating opportunities and supporting young people with learning disabilities.

A number of client companies were represented with cyclists from Durkan, St James Homes, Day Building, Sykes & Son and McGinn Electrical joining teams from other local companies including Wandsworth-based pub company Young’s and creative house And Design.

Setting off from the Boathouse pub in Putney, the Group headed off on the first stage south to Newhaven, a 60mile route through which took them over the Downs. From Newhaven they boarded the ferry bound for Dieppe. Stage 2 saw the riders depart Dieppe in the early hours of Saturday morning. Heading off into the darkness, wind and rain the group made their way through 105 miles of rolling French countryside. After a brief pit stop at Pegasus Bridge in Caen, scene of one of World War II's most iconic battles, the peloton turned back across the Channel to Portsmouth where they once again jumped onto the saddle for the final stage to Guildford.

George Willis, Director of GM Recruitment said: “The whole ride was unbelievable. Since arriving back on Sunday, it has been a blur. We hardly had any sleep in 48 hours and cycled 250 miles through hilly terrain in dark, cold and rain. It was much more of a challenge than anyone realised but we rose to the challenge.”

“I think everyone should be extremely proud of themselves.”

The group arrived en masse in Guildford for a reception hosted by Halow at Jamie Oliver’s restaurant. Commenting on the trip, Damon Hill said: “I wasn't looking forward to this at all! But it’s for halow! So I was peddling like Chris Hoy. Big thanks to everyone who took part. We love you! ”

halow Director Yvonne Hignell said: “Events like this are fantastic and will really make a big difference to our young people.  A big thank you to GM Recruitment and all of the cyclists who took part”


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