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Annual LeicesterShire

Logo: Ride + Stride for Churches

Always on the Second Saturday in September

14th September, 2019

Registration forms were sent out to churches and chapels before Easter. Please return these as soon as possible! Either scan the form and email it to chairman@lhct.org.uk or post it to LHCT, 20 Gumley Road, Smeeton Westerby, Leicester LE8 0LT. Thank you!


Welcome to RIDE+Stride, the foremost annual event to raise funds for repairs to Leicester and Leicestershire's historic churches, chapels and meeting houses

Over £1,060,000 has been raised in Leicestershire since 1990 when County and City joined the 35 or so English Counties staging the event, an inspiration by Suffolk from 1982. The event continues to raise more than £35,000 annually in Leicestershire – with nearly 400 churches and chapels open on the day (many of them also participating in Heritage Open Days on the same day). Half the sponsorship money is paid to a church, chapel or meeting house of the participant's choice. The other half contributes to the Leicestershire Historic Churches' Trust's assets to fund grants for repair, restoration and improvement projects.

How it works

County Historic Churches Trusts throughout England organise within their own counties a Sponsored Ride+Stride (for pedal cyclists, walkers, joggers, runners, horse-riders, mobility scooter drivers). The basic principle is that 50% of sponsorship money goes to the church or chapel chosen by the participant, with the other 50% going to the respective County Trust. You can also be sponsored as a welcomer/recorder on duty in a church for registering participants who call in for their forms to be signed

Participants plan their own routes (which may cross county borders), with the assistance of each county’s printed list of churches and chapels that are open on the day.  Riders and striders ask their relations, friends and colleagues to sponsor them - so much for each church or chapel they visit between 10am and 6pm on the day, or a lump sum.  This is recorded on a special sponsor form, and participants can take part for as long or short a time, within the day, as is convenient for them.

Create your own online sponsorship through JustGiving - Click the Logo – it may not work at the moment but will be operational again soon!

On the day

The day arrives and participants can ‘clock in’ at their first church from 10am onwards.  They will have their sponsor forms initialled with the name of the church/chapel and the time, whilst the participant signs a register at the church/chapel.  A quick look around, perhaps, and then off to the next church or chapel.  As time goes by, riders and striders become hotter and the churches’ offer of a cooling drink will be appreciated.  By 6pm the last keen participants will have signed the register.  Some churches and chapels, particularly those in hilly areas or far from other churches, receive many fewer visitors, sometimes in single figures, but the event works best when AS MANY CHURCHES AND CHAPELS AS POSSIBLE ARE OPEN on the day.  Many congregations see the day as a church open day  -  and one when useful jobs can be done inside the church or in the churchyard  -  with short breaks to sign sponsorship forms!

Photo: Leicestershire Ride+Stride is sponsored by Andrew Granger & Co Chartered Surveyors & Land Agents:

Rupert Harrison (Partner) (2nd left) at St Luke's Gaddesby with (3rd left) Richard Clowes, High Sheriff 2014/15, David Knowles DL County Co-ordinator & National Chairman, Ride+Stride.

For the 2014 Ride+Stride the High Sheriff volunteered and rode with his friends around a 60 mile route, visiting a  church or chapel in each of the County's Local Authority Districts and ending at the Cathedral  His gratefully received initiative raised over £500.

After the Event

The participants send or give their sponsorship forms, now showing how many churches or chapels they have visited, to their sponsors who reward them according to the undertaking made.  The riders, striders and recorders give the forms and the money raised to their local organiser, who sends it to Mrs Anne Bloor, the Hon Treasurer for the Leicester/shire Ride+Stride.  Anne adds everything up, banks the money, and sends each church or chapel its half share.

A rider who has 20 sponsors at 10p per church, and visits 20 churches, will have raised £40.  Twenty such riders would raise £800 which would mean £400 for the Trust and £400 for their local church or chapel.  An experienced rider can visit 30 churches or more and, with good sponsorship, can raise a considerable sum. In Leicestershire, some churches raise over £1,000, and indeed, there are some individuals who raise over £1,000 each.


SAFETY ON THE ROADS IS PARAMOUNT and although Organisers cannot be responsible for the Riders and Striders, they do all they can to encourage safe riding by reminding riders. At all times obey the Highway Code.



N.B. It is a condition of participation that, save to the extent

required by law, the County Trusts accept no liability in

respect of death or injury sustained by a participant.






Sileby Methodist Church.

A Bacon cob and a drink for £2 is the offer to Riders+Striders from David Holloway at Sileby. They will be available during the church's customary coffee morning, ready to eat for those who text in good time to 07706 205070 to order. David says water bottles can also be re-filled.

Sutton in the Elms Baptist Church:

will not be able to afford access to the Church due to pressure for volunteers on other church events, but a Register for Visitors will be available outside.


2017 RIDE+STRIDE Downloads

(All the following downloads are in Adobe PDF Format)

Prayer for RIDE+STRIDE

2017 Highlights

2018 Spring Newsletter - Reporting the 2017 Event

2018 - Open Churches

2018 R+S Poster

Register of Visitors

Sponsorship Form

Remittance Form


Please revisit this page nearer the time for further downloads.

Bishop Martyn Snow, Anglican Bishop of Leicester and President of the Leicestershire Historic Churches Trust gives encouragement to Rider+Striders and the event's organisers :

I am so grateful to the organisers of Ride + Stride and all those who take part. The money raised is a huge support to churches and the fact that it can be done while having fun, learning about our heritage and meeting new people, makes it something I would encourage everyone to support.

From the Revd Canon Helen Cameron, Chair of Northampton Districtof the Methodist Church 
and a Vice-President of Leicestershire Historic Churches Trust

Very best wishes and prayers for travelling mercies to all who take part in Ride+Stride. It has become an annual fixture in many church calendars and is a creative and positive way of raising funds in support of some of our historic churches. The link between heritage and
mission is one which we are convinced of in the Methodist Church and I encourage you to discover more stories from the faithful people and communities of the past which can be used in sharing the good news of Jesus Christ for today. 

*Northampton District includes Leicestershire

From The Very Revd David Monteith,
Dean of Leicester:

Leicester Cathedral has for many years gladly opened its doors in support of LeicesterShire’s RIDE+STRIDE day and
encouraged its community to participate. This annual event with national coverage is critical for raising funds for the LeicesterShire Historic Churches Trust.
The prime role of the Trust is to support, through grantmaking activity, active churches, chapels and meeting houses as their congregations and communities raise funds for fabric repairs.

Since 1989 the Trustees with the Ride+Stride team have given much needed support to the splendid heritage of churches in our City and County.  Please help the Trust, and Ride+Stride to continue the vital work.


Leicestershire-based exercise and fitness expert, is backing RIDE+STRIDE.  She says:

RIDE+STRIDE is a brilliant concept.  I love the idea of thousands of people of all ages walking or cycling and raising funds to maintain our world-class heritage of church and chapel buildings.  As an active Christian with a strong belief also in the value of exercise and fitness, I really do hope you will join in.



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