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Photographs have been kindly provided by Mr Richard Adams.

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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!

      Rutland Calendar 2022

      RHCPT Trustee Richard Adams will again be producing the Rutland Calendar. Profits will be shared between the Rutland Historic Churches Preservation Trust and Clipsham Yew Tree Avenue. Richard's calendar includes images of the beautiful countryside of Rutland alongside the attractions of the towns and villages.

      You can purchase your copy of this year's calendar for £6.99 from Walkers Bookshop in Oakham and Stamford as well as other shops around the county.

      Rutland Ride & Stride 2019

      The 2019 event was a great success and raised over £20,000 (just). This is almost exactly the same as the 2017 event, which I still think of as seminal. Yes, the year when for the first time three cyclists managed to cycle to all 64 churches. Others will hopefully follow in their footsteps (or pedals) but nobody can ever take it away from them as a FIRST. In 2019, Tom Case from Hambleton won the Davenport Handley silver cup. He cycled to 52 churches. He told me afterwards that he enjoyed visiting the churches on his route too much and could have added many more to his list if he had just dashed in and out. Well done Tom.

      As in previous years all Rutland’s churches were open which is an exceptional achievement unique to Rutland. We owe an enormous debt to the church organisers and recorders for this wonderful feat. This must involve 200/250 people and as in the past most churches generously offered refreshments as well.

      Just under 100 cyclists and walkers took part and raised money for 44 churches which is more than in 2017. We welcomed new participants from Caldicote, Lyndon, North and South Luffenham, Stoke Dry and Whissendine as well as from Oakham and Ryhall Methodist churches. Sometimes a village drops off this list because one person leaves the village without a successor which is a great pity.

      Margaret and Robert Miles have been great supporters over the years and combine a love of cycling with a love of churches. Yes: Margaret was our High Sheriff in 2019 so we were immensely grateful that she asked what she could do to help us. Centuries ago, the new High Sheriff of Rutland would ride around his (Yes HIS in those days) county on horseback to define his authority. So, Margaret and Robert rode around the county on their bicycles! It took nearly ten hours and they stopped at 23 churches on their way to thank recorders and organisers for their efforts. Lots of people accompanied them on part of the route including Rob Persani of Rutland Radio who cycled half the route with them and broadcast live from all the places where they stopped to meet people along the way. Thank you to Margaret, Robert and Rob. They brought Ride + Stride to the notice of a whole new audience and raised valuable funds for the County Fund.

      Beverley Hancock won the best walker prize visiting 18 churches, in support of Thistleton church which many will know has been successfully revived By Bev and friends to be not just a place of worship but as in times of old, a village meeting place. The RHCPT greatly admired and contributed to this work.

      2019 Prize Winners

      Rutland Ride & Stride 2017

      We now have the results for the 2017 Ride and Stride. The weather was appalling, with really heavy storms throughout the day and yet the total raised is a little over £20,000 including GiftAid. This compares to about £22,500 in 2015. What a fantastic result and congratulations to all who took part, whether riding, walking, church sitting or organising.

      All our churches were open which is yet again a remarkable achievement particularly for churches like Stoke Dry which received only four visitors.

      About 130 people participated actively which is 5 down on 2015 but the same as 2013. We know everybody is getting more claims on their time and purses so we think that is a great result.

      41 churches actively raised money compared to 42 in 2015 but they were not the same ones!. 7 churches dropped out and 7 came in. What is evident is that one person in a village can make a big difference. Greetham was re-energised by Sylvia Bland, who set up a team (Mud Sweat and Gears), raised lots of money and got great publicity in the Rutland Times. Belton like-wise was re-energised by Dr Ed Bates. Thank you and well done to both!

      Our website and social media campaign was more active this year. The new Facebook page (Ride and Stride Rutland) had 57 ‘likes’ and many more visitors.

      The electronic paper document distribution process introduced for the first time this year was generally a success and saved a lot of wasted paper. The number of participants was not affected so we will continue with that in 2019.

      The most notable achievement was of course the trio, Ben Findlay, Geoff Beetham and Ryan Henry who cycled around to every church in Rutland. They started an hour early at 9 a.m. and finished, despite foul conditions, at 5.30pm.

      Ben Findlay, Geoff Beetham and Ryan Henry

      Equally notable was a solo ride by Jamie Bennett of Tickencote who achieved his personal goal of 60 churches in the official time period of 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. John Williams of Morcott continued as ever to defy his age and walked to 14 churches.

      The prize giving will be held in February 2018.

      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 Beetham 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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