Ride+Stride 2015 in Nottinghamshire

The Ride+Stride event 2015 will take place on Saturday 12th September.  This is one of our main fundraising events each year, when cyclists and walkers are sponsored to visit churches, and church welcomers are also sponsored to sit in the church and receive visitors.  The money raised is shared between the churches taking part and NHCT, making it a win-win event.  Many churches take advantage of the publicity of the Ride+Stride and Heritage Open Weekend to open up their church to local people and show them what goes on.

Churches Pack

Riders/Striders/Welcomers Pack (Print one copy of each form per person taking part.)

Report on Ride+Stride 2014


The Mayor of Broxtowe, Councillor Stan Heptinstall, starts the Ride+Stride 2014 from Christ Church, Chilwell.

The Ride+Stride last year took place on Saturday 13th September and although the weather was hazy to start with it soon cleared up to be a dry and warm day. There were 180 churches open and 172 people took part. Most of these were cyclists but there were a number of walkers, in particular a large group  from Sneinton, St. Cyprians, whose walk included Lambley, Woodborough and Burton Joyce and who raised £695.


Robert Hill at Greasley church

The total amount raised was £17,692. A sum of £14,572 came through sponsors and the rest was recovered Gift Aid. The riders/striders made a total of 1,327 church visits and they were sponsored by 1901 people. A number of churches made a note of all their visitors and this was much larger than that returned by the sponsored riders indicating that many people had taken advantage of open churches to arrange visits. The Ride+Stride coincided, as usual, with the Heritage Open Weekend and each benefitted from the other. Some churches used the opportunity of an open church to welcome people from the local community and to show them something of their activities. The sponsorship money was, as usual, divided equally between the Trust and the individual churches nominated by the riders/striders. The amount returned to the churches was £6,944.

Two walkers at Trowell

Two walkers at Trowell

The church that raised the most was Christ Church, Chilwell, with £827, followed by Balderton with £764 and Inham Nook £720. Well done to these churches. Edward Compton raised £545, followed by Myrna Bretton and Graeme Renton with £460 and £390 respectively. Myrna sat all day at Rainworth Methodist and only had one visitor. Well done Doug Flint from Southwell, Our Lady of Victories. You must have made her day. Myrna had the magnificent number of 76 sponsors.

The two riders who visited the most churches were Cathy Melia who visited 32 churches and Sebastian Townsend who also visited 32.  Cathy, from St. George in the Meadows, started at Attenborough and ended at Holme Pierrepont and rode about 50 miles via Bunny, Cotgrave and Thoroton. Sebastian, from St. Helens Burton Joyce,  started at Thurgarton and ended up at Burton Joyce via Southwell, Wellow, Newark and East Bridgford. He seems to have ridden slightly further than Cathy.


Joey the Dog from Stokeham

Particular mention must be made of Joey the dog, who was sponsored for £35 and Derek Langdon who visited 11 churches on a pre-war tandem.

Many thanks to everyone who contributed in any way – not forgetting those who provided refreshments. The Victoria sponge at Trowell will be long remembered.





Ride+Stride Administrator

Keith Goodman
59 Briar Gate
Long Eaton
NG10 4BQ
Email: nhct@keithgoodman.com
Tel:  0115 972 6590