Monday, 23 July 2018

Ride and Stride for historic churches

CYCLISTS set out across Oxfordshire on Saturday to raise money for the county’s historic churches.

The annual Ride and Stride event is organised by the Oxfordshire Historic Churches Trust and also attracts walkers and horse-riders.

Participants visit as many churches as they can during the day.

Robin Fieth and six other cyclists were waved off from Pyrton Church by Henley MP John Howell and went on to visit 38 churches.

Mr Fieth said: “We had a great day. Some years I have raced around on my own, clocking up as many churches as possible.

“This year I decided to get a group together for a more social but nonetheless challenging day.”

The others were Simon Thompson, Graham Dale, Jonathan Ward, Neville MacKay, Charles Davis and Peter Fry.

Mr Howell said: “I was delighted to be asked to come and give my support to Robin and his friends.

“Over the years Robin, who is a keen cyclist, has raised lots of money himself and encourages others to join in the event.

“The trust does a great job in giving grants to local churches to help them maintain our heritage.”

Last year, almost £130,000 was raised by Ride and Stride in Oxfordshire.

This year’s event coincided with the trust’s 50th anniversary.

A fund-raising walk was also held in aid of St Mary’s Church in Wargrave.

The proceeds will be split between the Berkshire Churches Trust and a church of the group’s choice.

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