Thank you to everyone who was involved in 2017’s Bike Ride and Stride ~ whether you were helping to organise the event, manning your church, or persuading others to take part, taking part yourself or even just sponsoring someone. The event raised £23,756 last year, with half of the amount raised coming to the Trust, to be redistributed as grants to churches, and the other half being kept by the participating church, helping with their local fundraising.
For the 2017 event many of the participants commented on the varied weather. Although it started fine and sunny, most got wet at some point, trying hard to dodge the showers! However, the cyclists and walkers from Alford Group of churches were joined by 2 horses and their riders for part of the way, which they very much enjoyed and hope to repeat this year
One lady came across from Norfolk to enjoy the towers and spires of Lincolnshire, and the group from Fotherby Benefice sang hymns at the churches they visited.
The cyclists from Holy Cross, Boultham visited 17 churches (sadly not all open), but were greeted warmly at most, and were helped on their way by a fellow cyclist mending a puncture for them. They also met several couples on tandems! A couple cycling from Witham met a lady training for the Great Eastern Run and London Marathon ~ so it was a busy day for all.
The picture of Barry and Pam Lancaster and old car (above right) was taken outside Moulton Church on Ride and Stride day and was the winner of our 2017 photographic completion. The prize was presented at the ride and Stride Organisers meeting in Woodhall Spa on Saturday 24th February this year.
We would still like to receive any more photos of your event and we show, to the right, a couple we have already received.
The date for the 2018 event is Saturday September 8th.
If you enjoyed taking part in 2017 and would like to become more involved in the event then we are still looking for Deanery Organisers in Axholme, Yarborough (Brigg area), Manlake (Scunthorpe), Christianity (Lincoln), Grimsby & Cleethorpes and East & West Holland (Boston area). You do not need to be involved with your local church ~ you could be a member of your local cycle club or just someone who is passionate about the architecture of churches.
Deanery Organisers are vital contacts between parish organisers and the County Organiser. With over 700 churches, the event would be impossible to run without the help of these volunteers.
Watch this space for more details of the 2018 event or contact either Sarah by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or Nicholas Ridley (County Organiser) on 01476 550055 for more information on the event and how you can help.