Hundreds cycle and walk to Rutland churches for Ride and Stride event

Keith Read on his penny farthing bike, with his partner Karen MacQuarrie, cycled 38 miles and visited 23 churches.
Keith Read on his penny farthing bike, with his partner Karen MacQuarrie, cycled 38 miles and visited 23 churches.
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Hundreds of people got on their bikes or laced up their walking boots to raise funds and awareness of churches across the county.

The annual Ride and Stride event was held on Saturday, and more than 300 people either walked or cycled to visit Rutland’s 64 churches and chapels.

Oakham mayor Adam Lowe with his wife Julie in Cottesmore.

Oakham mayor Adam Lowe with his wife Julie in Cottesmore.

The event is organised by and supports Rutland Historic Churches Preservation Trust in raising funds to repair and maintain churches in the county.

Last year’s ride raised £19,000 and organisers are hopeful that this year’s event will have matched that total.

Scores of families took part, as well as Oakham mayor Adam Lowe and his wife Julie. The event was also supported by the High Sheriff of Rutland Trish Ruddle.

Organiser Richard Adams said: “We had well over 300 people taking part which is great.

“We were very pleased and very fortunate with the weather. It was cool but we didn’t have the rain that was expected.

“We’re really grateful for all those who visited the churches and the volunteers at the churches who provided support and refreshments.”

Ride and Stride is also supported by Barnsdale Lodge, Hanson Cement and Rutland Cycling.

For more information, visit the trust’s website at www.rhcpt.co.uk