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You can keep up to date with news about Ride and Stride prior to the event by accessing our Facebook Page.

Please feel free to tell us:

  • how your preparations are going
  • would you like to meet up with a buddy and practise together
  • churches in Rutland that you consider are a 'must see'
  • any shortcuts you have found
  • roads / tracks that no longer exist
  • share experiences from previous R&S events (esp. fun stories)
    • Your pictures are especially welcome.

      After the event, tell us what you thought about the day. Which churches had the best grub. Would you recommend Ride + Stride to your friends? Suggestions for future improvements.

      We look forward to telling more people what an enjoyable day out it is and that they want to start planning for it well in advance... get training and get sponsored!

      New in 2015 - Starbursters (Team Entries)

      In 2015 we added a new category which we call Starbursters. Starbursters are a team of cyclists starting from a single place, such as their home church, with the objective that every one of the churches in Rutland is visited by one (or more) member of the team. See our Participants page for more details.

      Rutland Ride & Stride 2017

      The 2017 event is on 9th September. To register all you have to do is either download the Participant Sponsor Form from this website or obtain a printed version directly from the Rutland church where you would like your sponsorship money to go. You will need this form when you check in at churches on the day.

      If you are also going to be raising sponsorship online, it is a good idea to register now with Just Giving RHCPT and create your own webpage on their site - then tell your friends how they can access it.

      Ride & Stride 2015

      Rutland Ride & Striders Raise £22,000 for Local Churches

      At a presentation evening held at Barnsdale Lodge Hotel on 12th February 2016, Peter Lawson the chairman of the Rutland Historic Churches Preservation Trust announced that the 2015 Ride & Stride event around the county's churches and chapels had raised £22,000. Half of this money had gone to the churches nominated by those taking part and the balance would be distributed by the Trust as grants to churches requiring help with repair and maintenance work.

      He said that once again the outstanding efforts of all those who took part in this highly successful event would help to ensure that the churches of the county's towns and villages will continue to be well maintained for the benefit of church goers, residents and visitors alike.

      Over 500 people took part of which 140 were cyclists or walkers whilst over 360 people manned Rutland's churches. Only 4 of our 64 churches were unmanned and that was for technical reasons.

      A new feature was Starbursters teams who undertook to visit all 64 churches by dividing up the county. Three teams took part, one from Preston, one from Uppingham Methodist Church and a team of ten from Hambleton.

      The Davenport-Handley cup for the most churches visited by a cyclist was presented to a team of Ben Finley, Geoff Beethem and Ryan Henry from Braunston who cycled to 58 churches, only 6 short of the total, which is a new record. Jamie Bennett from Tickencote reached 56 churches and Chris Meacock from Whissendine reached 47.

      The Barnsdale Lodge award for the most outstanding walking achievement was presented to John Williams of Morcott who visited 19 churches and raised over £500 from 59 people.

      Information & Links

      Below you will find a list of websites with further information on historic churches both nationwide and throughout Rutland.

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