Fundraisers are thanked for Ride and Stride efforts

Ed Burrows with award winners Mike and Sue Blee. EMN-140324-133027001
Ed Burrows with award winners Mike and Sue Blee. EMN-140324-133027001
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Scores of people turned out to celebrate the hard work of fundraisers at a special reception.

The Rutland Historic Churches Preservation Trust’s 2014 Ride and Stride awards evening was held at Barnsdale Lodge Hotel and dozens attended to show their support.

The Ride and Stride event, which is organised by the trust and features cyclists
and walkers attempting to visit as many Rutland churches in a day, raised a total of £13,500.

The money is put towards repairs and maintenance at churches across the county.

At the reception, president of the trust, Dr Laurence Howard thanked all those who had taken part and paid tribute to the way in which they had helped to contribute to the work of the trust.

A number of present-ations were then made to people who had taken part in the Ride and Stride and were considered to have made outstanding achievements.

Hotel manager Ed Burrows presented vouchers to Mike and Sue Blee, of Seaton, who had walked to 25 churches. An award from Rutland Cycling went to Anthony Case and his two sons Bob and Tom who cycling as a team visited 50 churches.

Sue Thomas then presented a cup which had been donated by her father Sir David Davenport-Handley to Ian Curtis, from Langham. Ian cycled to 51 churches, the highest total achieved by anybody taking part.

Scrolls awarded for other achievements were also presented to Stan Bruce, of Oakham, John Williams, of Morcott and a special award was made to Edward Shepherd, of Ketton, who at the age of eight cycled 36 miles and visited 18 churches.