• Ride + Stride

    Taking place on Saturday 12th September 2020, Ride+Stride is the single largest source of income for our grants. It’s a great day for getting out and about in Leicester and Leicestershire and churches and chapels are already registering to take part.

  • Welcome to Ride+Stride, the foremost annual event to raise funds for repairs and improvements to historic churches, chapels and meeting houses throughout Leicester and Leicestershire.

    Over £1,100,000 has been raised in Leicestershire since our first Ride+Stride in 1990. The event raised more than £42,000 in 2019 – with nearly 400 churches and chapels open on the day (many of them also participating in Heritage Open Days on the same day). 

    This year, we all need to take special care because of the coronavirus pandemic. Permissions are already in place for cycling and walking, and Ride+Stride complies with most social distancing measures. However, there may need to be additional arrangements depending on government guidance at the time, so please keep an eye on our website and social media posts nearer the date of the event. We will be posting out the forms to Local Organisers in the first half of August but, this year, the List of Churches will be published on the website in mid-August so that we can amend and update it as near the date as necessary - we will be happy to print and post a copy to you on request.

    It may not be possible for Welcomers to welcome this year and refreshments will not be offered, but most churches and chapels want to participate in Ride+Stride 2020 – so you will be able to find a cold tap to fill up a water bottle and also toilet facilities along your chosen route. You must carry your own pen and hand sanitiser to sign in at each church or chapel on the day, and a mask to wear when you enter a church or chapel, and take food and drink with you.

    To register your church or chapel for Ride+Stride on Saturday 12th September 2020 please scroll down to the registration form. Thank you and enjoy the day!

    How it works

    Ride+Stride is a sponsored event for cyclists, walkers, joggers, runners, horse-riders and mobility scooter drivers. You can also be sponsored as a welcomer on duty in a church, registering participants who call in for their forms to be signed. 50% of sponsorship money goes to the church or chapel chosen by the participant, with the other 50% going to the LeicesterShire Historic Churches Trust which organises the event and uses the funds raised for grants to churches and chapels for repair, restoration and improvement projects. 

    You plan your own route (which may cross county borders) using the list of churches and chapels that are intending to 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 10.00am and 6.00pm on the day, or a lump sum. This is recorded on a special sponsor form and you can take part for as long or short a time, within the day, as is convenient for you.

    You can also set up your own Ride+Stride fundraising page via the Trust’s Just Giving page here.

    On the day

    You can ‘clock in’ at your first church from 10:00am onwards. There will be a register to sign and at many churches there may be someone to welcome you. This year, you should complete and initial your own sponsorship form. A quick (or long) look around and then off to the next church or chapel. This year, refreshments will not be available. 

    By 6:00pm the last keen participants will have signed the register. Some churches and chapels, particularly 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 when useful jobs can be done inside the church or in the churchyard - with short breaks to welcome visitors!

    Ride+Stride 2020 – Saturday 12th September - Church Registration Form

    Please complete the form below if your Church or Chapel would like to participate in Ride+Stride 2020.

    Ride+Stride Map

    Take a look at our interactive map showing all of the churches participating in Ride and Stride.

    Safety on the roads

    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 participation for all.

    At all times observe the Highway Code and the Country Code. Do not sacrifice safety for speed. N.B. It is a condition of participation in Ride+Stride that, save to the extent required by law, the Trustees of the LeicesterShire Historic Churches Trust accept no liability in respect of death or injury sustained by anyone taking part in Ride+Stride.

    After the event

    When you have collected your sponsorship money, please give your form and the sponsorship money to your local organiser who sends it to Mrs Anne Bloor, the Hon Treasurer for Leicestershire Ride+Stride. Anne adds everything up, banks the money, and sends each church or chapel its half share. 

    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 through Ride+Stride and there are some participants who raise more than £1,000 each. 

    We hope to raise £45,000 - £50,000 through Leicestershire Ride+Stride this year – please take part, raise funds, and have a great day! 

    For further information, please contact Janet Arthur chairman@lhct.org.uk / 0116 279 3995 / 07840 543288

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