Pre event information for Sussex Ride & Stride: 9th September 2017
If you are looking to join this year's Ride & Stride, this page is packed full with useful information to help you make the most of the event and have a great day.
Where to start
Sponsored Cyclists, Walkers, Horse Riders and Wheelchair users are all welcome to take part in this event.
As someone planning to join this year's Ride & Stride we would strongly encourage you, firstly, to make contact with the Local Organiser for your local church or chapel. As a Local Organiser they will have all the key local information and be able to answer any questions you may have.
If you do not know who your Local Organiser is simply contact Ride & Stride via the contact form, including where you are situated, and we will send you the details you need.
To raise money for your local Church and Sussex Historic Churches Trust we rely on all participants to raise money via sponsorship for their ride/walk. We recommend that you encourage family and friends to sponsor you either by the number of churches you visit or by a flat donation.
To assist your fundraising we have 2 methods of collecting sponsors:
- Sponsor Form (BR4). Print off the sponsors form and ask family and friends to complete.
- Online sponsorship with Just Giving. Quickly set up a Just Giving page and e-mail to family and friends.
Planning your route
There is no fixed route which means that you can plan your own route and explore as much, or as little, of Sussex as you wish - and even cross in adjacent counties.
To help you plan your route take a look at:
In addition, some Local Authorities in Sussex publish maps and other resources for Walkers and Cyclists. Please refer to our useful links page for details. In addition, a map is available of all churches and chapels in the Chichester area - your Local Organiser will be able to get you a copy.
Star ratings & Trophy Awards
Each church and chapel has been assigned a "star rating" representing the difficulty of reaching that church (ranging from 1 for a church in town to 5 for a remote church). To add a bit of friendly competition and fun, trophies are awarded to a number of categories of individuals and teams who attain the most stars during the day. Find out more about the Trophy Awards (BR2)
The safety of you, your family, friends and other participants should be your highest priority when taking part in Ride & Stride. Here is some advice to riders and walkers
- It is a condition of entry that the SHCT, save to the extent required by law, accepts no responsibility in respect of death, injury or damage caused by or to any participant during the sponsored event.
- All entrants under 16 must have their parents’ consent.
- Police advise all cyclists to ride in single file. If any group contains more than six riders, please leave a suitable gap between the groups of six in order not to inconvenience motorists.
- Please study the bicycling section of the Highway Code, and make sure your machine is roadworthy before setting out. Brakes and tyres are particularly important.
- If possible, wear bright clothing with a fluorescent band and safety helmets.
- When you leave your bicycle, for whatever reason, please lock it for safety.
- Any Horse riders must have their own personal Insurance.
Discover Sussex Historic Places of Worship
See the best of our historic churches, have great fun and help us raise money to support their restoration by taking part in Ride & Stride 2017.
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Over 500 historic churches helped to date
The funds raised by SHCT have so far assisted over 500 Sussex places of worship with restoration and repairs.
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Applying for a Grant
Grants for preservation, repair, maintenance and more are available to Sussex places of public worship (all denominations).
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Learn more about historic places of worship with fellow members.