Saturday, 22 October 2011

Surrey Churches Preservation Trust Sponsored Ride and Stride

The Surrey Riders
"It’s like riding a bike; you never forget!" said Rosemary Keenan and Peter Ward from St Edward the Confessor, Sutton Park near Guildford.

Taking part in their fourth Surrey Churches Preservation Trust Sponsored Stride and Bike Ride, Rosemary Keenan and Peter Ward raised nearly £600 by visiting 20 churches. Not known for their cycling prowess, Rosemary explained, “Fr Brian Taylor, the priest-in-charge at our parish of St Edward the Confessor in Sutton Park, was keen to replace the Thomson Family who had ‘retired’ after years of doing the famous bike ride. As our parish keeps half of the funds raised from someone taking part we thought ‘Let’s give it a go!’ The fact that we had not cycled for a couple of decades seemed unimportant. It really was a case of ‘It’s like riding a bike: you never forget’.”

Peter and Rosemary claim that their success is down to the preparation for the event. Peter, the route planner, explains that, “It was great fun searching the web to find local churches. I then plotted a route with as many churches as possible to visit in three hours at a leisurely pace, over 15 miles and involving a minimum of hills. This year we met parishioner’s from St Peter’s Hersham who were also doing the sponsored cycle ride with Rev. Martin Fletcher, their vicar.”
The Surrey Churches Preservation Trust makes grants available to churches in need of preservation and fifty percent of funds raised by cyclists and walkers go to the parish from which they come. For details about taking part in the Ride and Stride next year visit http://www.surreychurchespreservationtrust.org/ or phone Hamish Donaldson 01428 644473. For details of contacts in other counties visit http://www.rideandstrideuk.org/

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