Photo: Last year's Ride+Stride team
The Cathedral’s Ride+Stride fundraisers are limbering up once again, hoping to raise sponsorship by visiting as many churches in Wiltshire by bike and on foot next month.
Their efforts will be mirrored across the country, with hundreds of teams and individuals taking part in the annual Historic Churches Trust Ride+Stride event on Saturday 8 September.
Last year's team, drawn from staff and the congregation, beat their own target last year by raising an impressive £2,008. The team are hoping to do the same again this year.
Amongst the Cathedral cyclists is Clerk of the Works, Gary Price, who will be riding with both his sons this year. Last year Harry Price, now seventeen, clocked up the second highest number of churches visited by any participant in Wiltshire aged 16 and under, setting the bar high for his fourteen-year-old brother, Archie, who is riding for the first time this year. Harry and his dad visited 30 churches in 6 hours 20 minutes in 2017, a total that Gary doesn’t anticipate they will match this year, though he says they’ll give it their best shot.
Gary Price, Clerk of the Works said: “My youngest, Archie, is a big fan of cycling and he’s pretty good but I reckon doing 30 churches may be too much – it’s a round trip of about 50 miles. So we have decided to set our sights on 27 churches and if we still feel up to it when we have done that, we will tackle the last three.”
So far there are six cyclists and three walkers on the Cathedral team. Canon Robert Titley, our Canon Treasurer heads up the Cathedral cyclists, including the Price family, Jilly Wright, our Development manager, and Bruce Carter, a member of the congregation. Natalie Downing, Development officer, is leading the walking team, which includes Emily Naish, our Archivist and congregation member Pip Carter. This will be the third time a Cathedral team have entered Ride+Stride
Anyone who wants to join the Cathedral team is welcome to do so. Go at you own pace and choose your distance. If you’d like to support the fundraising effort go to their Ride+Stride page:
You can sponsor them for each church they visit or for their participation in the whole event. Any money raised will be shared equally between Wiltshire Historic Churches Trust and the Cathedral’s restoration and repair programme.
If you have any questions or would like to join the Cathedral Ride+Stride team, contact Natalie Downing on email@example.com.
For any other enquiries contact Marie Thomas on firstname.lastname@example.org or 01722 555148