Gloucestershire Historic Churches Trust

Participant’s Guidance


Introduction to the Event

The Ride+Stride event takes place on the second Saturday in September between 10am and 6pm throughout Gloucestershire and North Bristol. It is open to cyclists, walkers, horse riders and drivers. It is organised at the local level by a Local Organiser who has undertaken local publicity, recruitment of participants, encouragement of sponsorship and arranging a welcome party at the church on the day with optional light refreshments if possible.

Using the sponsorship form, participants invite sponsors to pay a sum of money for every church visited or a fixed amount. Each visit will be initialled on the back of the sheet by a representative of the church, together with the time of the visit. If a welcome party is not available at the church, there should be a yellow Welcome Notice for you to record your visit.

You can raise money as an individual or you can be part of a group of at least 3 members. Prizes will be awarded each year for the best performance in the following categories (all trophies to be held for up to one year):

  • Under 16 individual participant – wins the Whitbread Trophy and £50 in cash
  • Aged 16 to 69 inclusive individual participant – wins the John Cannan Trophy
  • Aged 70 and over individual participant – wins the Holmes Salver
  • Most money raised by a group of participants – wins the Eykyn Challenge Cup
  • Most money raised by all participants for a church – wins the GHCT Challenge Shield for the church
  • Road Users – PLEASE NOTE

    Participants should observe the requirements of the Highway Code at all times. Cyclists should ensure that their bike is roadworthy before setting out. Carry a tool kit, tyre pump, puncture repair kit, mobile phone, full water bottle and lights. It is advisable to wear reflective clothing and a helmet. Ride in single file on busy or narrow roads and never ride more than two abreast. Do not ride in groups of more than six and allow ample space between groups for overtaking traffic. Always signal your intentions when moving off or changing direction.

    Can you Ride or Stride?

    Hello! If you would like to take part in the event this year and can ride, walk or drive for your church, please contact your church’s Ride+Stride Local Organiser and offer to be a participant; they will be delighted to hear from you. If you do not know who the local organiser is, please email your County Organiser with your details and the name of the church you wish to benefit and we will put the Local Organiser in touch with you.

    If not, could you do something else perhaps?

    If you cannot cycle, walk or drive from church to church, perhaps you can be sponsored for something else? Please have a look at our alternative sponsored activities list and see if you would like to offer this to your Local Organiser instead? If you have a new idea, please let us know!

    Would you like to create a JustGiving Fundraising page to boost your sponsorship?

    Make a fundraising page - JustGiving

    Completing the Sponsor Form

    Please study the sponsor form carefully before you ask sponsors to complete it so that you can guide them. Download your sponsor form here.

    The main points to make your sponsors aware of are:

    Please complete the form in ink.
    Please complete the form in capital letters (we need to re-type all sponsors with Gift Aid)
    Please read the Gift Aid declaration and tick the gift aid box if you can.

    The main points to remember yourself are:

    Please complete the form in ink.
    Please complete the form in capital letters.
    We suggest you tick each sponsor off with a pencil when they pay you.

    Thank you for your help. Any queries, contact your Local Organiser or County Organiser.

    Participating Churches – The Event Map

    We believe this is the latest status of the churches taking part in the event and open on the day. We hope this will help you plan your route but if you need help or want us to help you plan a route, please contact the County Organiser.

Help us to help

We provide thousands of pounds in grants every year to maintain churches throughout Gloucestershire, but we can only do that with your continued support. Please help us continue our vital work.

To create your own JustGiving Fundraising page, visit the JustGiving page on this website (off the Ride+Stride menu item).

Text GHCT17 £10 to 70070 to donate £10 to GHCT. You can donate £1, £2, £3, £4, £5 or £10 only. Vodafone will reply with a link to a form to add Gift Aid or a message. You may be charged for the text message(s). See for help. Please report any issues.

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