Ride & stride

The Salisbury Cathedral Team

The Salisbury Cathedral Team


Next Ride+Stride: September 9 2017

Welcome to Wiltshire Ride + Stride. This is an annual national sponsored event, organised locally by County Historic Churches Trusts. Wiltshire Ride + Stride (or its predecessor the Great Cycle Ride) has been going since 1984 and has raised well over £1 million for the county’s churches. 50% of the money raised goes to the participant’s chosen church and the other half to the County Historic Churches Trust.

It takes place on the second Saturday in September between
10.00 a.m. and 6.00p.m.

Participants may be cyclists, walkers, horse-riders or drivers of mobility scooters.
All denominations are welcome.

Visit as many churches as you like, planning your own route.

Seek sponsorship from friends, relations and colleagues, so much per church
visited or a lump sum.

What to do to join in

Download a sponsorship form and notes for participants, or

Contact your local Parish Organiser, or

Contact the County Administrator:

Charles Graham   Tel: 01672 514301  email:  ctg100@hotmail.com (South)

Mrs. Mandy Dobson Tel:01666 824005 email: mandydobson21@hotmail.co.uk (North)

(N.B. It is a condition of participation that, save to the extent required by law, the Wiltshire Historic Churches Trust accepts no liability in respect of death or injury sustained by any participant.)


  1. St John the Baptist, Colerne, near Chippenham – refreshments provided
  2. St. Mary’s, West Dean, near Salisbury – invigorating breakfasts on sale
  3. St. George’s, Preshute, near Marlborough – “Teddy Prayers” Fête, 3-5 p.m.
  4. All Saints, Maiden Bradley, near Warminster – fascinating history; cake and drinks

Gift Aid

Participants are encouraged to ask their sponsors to tick the Gift Aid box on the sponsorship form.  This enables us to claim an extra 25% from the Inland Revenue for the benefit of the Trust, at no extra cost to the sponsors.

Just Giving

Sponsors can donate through the JustGiving site, which is simple, fast and totally secure. You can set up your own sponsorship page, so that friends and family from anywhere in the world can donate on line. You should state in the “personal message box” the name of the church to which you wish the money to be sent. JustGiving does the rest, including adding Gift Aid.

Create your online sponsorship page here:

http://www.justgiving.com/wiltshirerideandstride and click on “Fundraise for us”


The Brooke Cup and £500 is awarded to the best achieving parish (calculated by multiplying the amount raised by the number of participants).  Runner-up prizes of £100 and £50.

The Junior Group Cup (and £100) is awarded on the same basis to the most successful group of Under 18-year-olds.  Runners-up get £50.

The cups and some of the prize money have been generously donated by Lord Brooke of Sutton Mandeville, Past-President of the Friends of Wiltshire Churches.

There are also individual prizes for the best achievements (most churches visited, most money raised) in 3 age-groups: under 16, over 16, over 65.

Report on the 2016 Ride+Stride

“The clouds poured down water” (Psalm 77 v.17).   They did indeed.  Some who had obviously kept a close eye on the forecast delayed their departure till the afternoon, but the 10.00 starters had got thoroughly drenched by then.  The unfriendly conditions may partly explain why the number of participants this year dropped by about 8%, and the number of churches represented was a mere 108 (i.e. under a quarter of the churches in the county).  However a great deal of determination was shown by those who did brave the weather, and their sponsors enabled them to raise nearly £44,000 which, with the addition of Gift Aid, should bring a total similar to last year’s.  Congratulations to all.  The Trust is grateful for support from the Diocesan Communications Offices and the Nation Churches Trust.

Here are a few highlights:

  • In Devizes, Liz Overthrow, Secretary of Wiltshire Churches Together, led a pilgrimage round all ten churches in the town, stopping at each one to give a brief history and to say a prayer.

  • Rev. Keith Brindle cycled from the most northern church in Salisbury Diocese (St. Bartholomew’s, Royal Wootton Bassett) to the southernmost (St. Andrew’s, Portland), via his own church, St. James in Devizes, and Salisbury Cathedral – a total of 106.6 miles. He raised £1377.

  • Henry Stevenson, of St Michael & All Angels, Hilperton, also cycled more than 100 miles and certainly gets the prize for the most rain-sodden sponsorship form. Others from his church opted to stay in the dry and covered 162 miles on exercise bikes.

  • Martin Hoad, of Christ Church, Shaw, rode 19.5 miles on his unicycle, visiting 4 churches.

  • Richard Aylen, of Christ Church, Derry Hill, did a “Ride+Morris”, cycling to Calne and Avebury and performing there with his Morris Dancing team

  • 12-year-old Joe Cooke cycled to 39 churches with his father, in aid of Christ Church, Warminster.

  • Roger Simpkins and Astrid Laurence visited 24 churches on a tandem, and with 9 others from St. Bartholomew’s, Royal Wootton Bassett, raised a magnificent £2110.

St. James, Bratton not only won the Brooke Cup for the sixth year in succession but also regained the Junior Group Cup which they lost in 2015.  They fielded 29 walkers and 13 cyclists, and they get not only the cups, but an extra £600 to add to the £1766 they raised from sponsorship.  Their churchwarden has magnanimously offered to provide a simple guide for other parishes, to show that with a modest amount of effort a great deal can be achieved.  Who will take up the challenge in 2017?

See here for list of 2016 Prizewinners.

Prizewinners 2016


Nigel Jackson and friend set out for a wet ride

Nigel Jackson and friend set out for a wet ride

Richard Aylen combining R+S and Morris Dancing

Richard Aylen combining R+S and Morris Dancing

Roger Simpkins & Astrid Laurence with tandem

Roger Simpkins & Astrid Laurence with tandem


For Riders + Striders

Sponsorship Form 2017

Notes for participants 2017

List of Churches (North)

List of Churches (South)

For Parish Organisers

A4 Poster

A5 flyer

Letter to Parish Organisers 2017

Control Sheet South

Control Sheet North

Welcome Notice

Church Open Notice