Ride & Stride

The 2020 Ride and Stride is going ahead on Saturday, 12 September 2020.  You can download below the 2020 sponsorship paperwork and a full list of churches that are open. (Please note that not all churches listed may be open after all, and some will no longer offer refreshments or toilet facilities). 

This event is being held, adapting, as necessary, for whatever Covid-19 guidelines advise on the day.  Even though it may feel a bit different this year, and may possibly be a smaller event than normal, the Trust has decided to go ahead with this year’s Ride and Stride, as well as its sister event, Pedal and Drive for vintage and classic cars.

Not all churches may be open for Ride and Stride on Saturday, 12 September, and there may be no one to welcome or sign you in, but two or three people cycling together in the Suffolk countryside or walking in our towns should be perfectly safe,

Churches that usually offer refreshments may decide not to do so this year and, if a church is not manned, riders and walkers will log the name of the church themselves. Since most people are sponsored per event rather than per church, this shouldn’t be a problem, and sponsorship can also be collected via JustGiving,

Please support this free annual event.  Half your sponsor money will go to the Trust to be given in grants for church repairs, and half will go to the church of your choosing.

If the Covid situation was to deteriorate to the extent that it became unwise to go ahead, we would not hesitate to cancel and get the word out there.  If you are uncertain whether the event is still going ahead, please check on social media or this website.

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The Annual Sponsored Ride and Stride is a national event, and every second Saturday in September cyclists and walkers all round the country are out making money for their local county Churches Trust.

The idea started in Suffolk, and consistently Suffolk has headed the table of funds raised.  The Ride and Stride is the main source of income to Suffolk Historic Churches Trust to enable it to make grants to churches and chapels of all denominations towards repair and restoration costs.

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The Ride and Stride is run entirely by volunteers and is inter-denominational, with participants invited to seek sponsors who will undertake to pay an agreed sum of money for each place of worship visited between 9.00am and 5.00pm on Ride and Stride Day.

The money raised by each cyclist or walker is shared equally between the Suffolk Historic Churches Trust and the place of worship nominated by the participant.

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As important as the participants, are the many volunteers who give up the day to man the churches and chapels and sign in the cyclists and walkers as they arrive.  Hundreds of places of worship are manned during the day and that takes quite a team of volunteers!

It is a real community effort that is the lifeblood of the Trust.

Suffolk has been split into a number of areas, each with its Ride and Stride Area Organiser.  Each parish within an area has its own Local Organiser, who will be able to supply the necessary forms.  It should be possible to ascertain locally details of your own Area Organiser, who can put you in touch with the Local Organiser looking after your place of worship.  If you need further assistance, please telephone or email the SHCT office.

Alternatively, you can download the list of churches open and the sponsorship form by clicking on these links (Churches open list 2020) (List of sponsors) (Sponsorship form instructions) and following the instructions in the form.  After the Ride, when you have collected your sponsorship money, please hand this over to the Ride and Stride organiser for the place of worship for whose benefit you have participated, who will remit it to the Ride and Stride Treasurer, David Gould.  If for any reason you are unable to make contact with the local organiser in question, please send your total sponsorship money direct to David, by cheque payable to SHCT, ensuring that you clearly identify the church or chapel you wish to benefit.  David can also be contacted if you have any queries.  His contact details are:

            email:             davidngould6@gmail.com

            Telephone:    01473 253838

            Address:        7 Karen Close, Ipswich, IP1 4LP

If you would like to use JustGiving for your sponsorship fundraising, please enter the SHCT JustGiving site here, then select “Fundraise for us” to set up your own page for the Ride and Stride.  Please ensure that the place of worship you wish to benefit is clearly specified.