IMPORTANT NOTICE: It looks to be a hot one, so please bring plenty of water and pace yourselves accordingly to ability. We encourage cyclists to not cycle alone.

Information for Participants

Event Overview

Cyclists and walkers of all ages are invited to seek sponsors who will undertake to pay an agreed sum of money for each church / chapel visited (or a total amount). Some 64 places of worship will be open for participants in Rutland together with churches in adjacent counties.

Date: Saturday 9th September 2023

Time: 10 am - 6pm

Guidance for all willing to take part – this is a fund raising event!

Ride and Stride is a challenge and a fun fund raising event to help preserve local historic churches. Rutland has 64 churches, many of which are much loved features of our villages and towns. Those who worship in them are a fraction of those who visit them and gaze happily at them as they pass by. Our church buildings need to be preserved and your help is very much appreciated.


  • Contact your own parish/church organiser through your local church

  • Or explore our website -

  • Use the “Create a Route” link on our website to help plan

  • Get two forms from your church organiser, one for sponsorship and one to record churches visited, or print your own from our website

  • Consider using Just Giving to make obtaining sponsorship easier by either linking through to our website. Or click 'Start fundraising' at:

Click the link to download:

After the event, please collect your sponsorship money (unless your sponsors are using Just Giving) and hand it to the church organiser of your nominated church. Cheques should be made payable please to Rutland Historic Churches Preservation Trust.

Who can take part and be sponsored? Individuals, families, groups or teams

  • Church Recorders
  • Cyclists. (Electric bikes are certainly welcome but no cups or certificates)
  • Walkers, runners and joggers
  • Not so Mobile participants
  • Horse riders

Ride+Stride for the 'Not so Mobile'

Why should those folks who are not so mobile not be able to take part in Ride + Stride? Since 2013 you have been able to use cars and minibuses (and such like) to be driven to churches in Rutland. All you have to do is walk the short distance up the church path, or use a wheelchair, to sign in at churches you visit.

The use of cars is NOT for those who are normally capable of cycling, running or walking. We intend this category to be for those who are elderly or disabled.

We also anticipate that you will not be able to drive yourself but will be driven by relatives, friends, care home staff, volunteers, etc. The driver should be able to assist you and will wait for you while you sign in before taking you to the next church.

What to do next:

  • Read more about Ride + Stride on our website and download and print off a sponsorship form or obtain a Sponsorship Form from your local Church Organiser.
  • Find someone who will transport you (plus a few not so mobile friends)
  • Get generous sponsorship from your family and friends

For more specific queries please contact Sue Thomas on 07885 046449


You will have from 10.00 am until 6.00 pm on the day to get to as many churches as you would like - or can manage!

At the last count, there were 64 places of worship in Rutland but you can also include those in adjoining counties as well.

There will be recorders to check you in at most churches/chapels and most will have refreshments on offer too!

Plan Your Route

There are two ways to plan your route; by using our Route Planner spreadsheet or by using Google Maps. See our Plan your route page for more details.

Get Sponsored!

You can obtain sponsorship online or in person. See our Sponsorship & Gift Aid page for more details.

Below are some ideas for potential sponsors:

  • Friends and family. E-mail your friends, having registered as a sponsor
  • Colleagues at work or from your leisure pursuits
  • Local supporters of the Church building. The funds raised are for the building, not for a religious event. Most people expect the Church to be there when they need it!
  • Local businesses, perhaps where you are a customer
  • Your employer - some employers will have a charitable giving 'pot of funds' and may even match the amount you raise on a £ for £ basis

You can find lots more information about how to get sponsorship on our Tips for Fundraising page.

For those that want to setup a Just Giving webpage, which links through to the RHCPT campaign, visit Rutland Ride & Stride Just Giving page and once there, click on 'Start Fundraising'. The same link can be used for personal donations - click 'Give now' once on the page.

What’s in it for me?

  • A fun day out visiting some very special church buildings in Rutland
  • Special Certificates for riders if you visit 35 or more Churches (15 for walkers)
  • Cup for the most Rutland churches visited on the day
  • Require more information? Contact: Sue Thomas (Rutland Ride and Stride Deputy Organiser) on 07885 046449 or

    Safety - Important - Please Read!

    It is a condition of entry that, save to the extent required by law, the trustees of the Rutland Historic Churches Preservation Trust accept no liability in respect of death or injury sustained by any participant in this sponsored event.

    Please observe the following guidelines for a safe and enjoyable day:

    • Police advise all cyclists to ride in single file and not in large groups.
    • Study the cycling section of the Highway Code before the event.
    • Ensure that your bicycle is roadworthy.
    • Plan your route in advance to avoid/minimise busy roads. Always turn left rather than right if possible!

© Rutland Historic Churches Preservation Trust 2017. All rights reserved. Photographs have been kindly provided by Mr Richard Adams
Registered Charity Number: 211068. Give As You Earn Registration Number: 000101080