Ride and Stride – FAQ

Ride and Stride – Frequently Asked Questions

How can the event still take place in 2020?
Ride and Stride is not an organised group event like other bike rides. Participants can follow social distancing whilst taking part. There is no need to go inside churches to take part, but where buildings are open appropriate measures will be in place.
Don’t forget churchyards – these are often overlooked spaces that have an important relationship with the buildings they surround and are great places to explore or relax in.

What if the situation  with Covid-19 changes before the 12th September?
Whilst we cannot currently be sure what the situation will be on the 12th September, we need to plan ahead in order to make the most of whatever opportunities are available.  Even if restrictions return, there is a good chance the event can go ahead in some format. You might visit churches virtually or just get out and explore your local churchyard.

Can I take part on a different day?

Yes, you can take part on any day but the churches that are visited may not be open or stewarded so you may need to sign your own sponsor form.

What time is the event?

10am until 6pm

Who can participate?

Anyone can participate.

I am too old to cycle, walk or horse ride, how can I take part?

You could be sponsored to welcome visitors to your church. A great success of the event is having people in the churches to welcome Riders and Striders who visit.

Can I take part doing something other than cycling, walking or welcoming?

Yes, but please ensure that your church council is aware of your intentions as any ensuing liabilities need to lie with them rather than CHCT.

Do I have to belong to a church to take part?

No, just someone who is willing to raise money that will go towards churches.

Can we take part as a family?

Yes, Ride and Stride is a family friendly event and family members can either have their own separate sponsor forms or each have a shared form.

Can we take part as a group?

Groups (e.g. Scouts, Guides, Toddler Group, Sunday School, Walking group, Cycling Group) are welcome to take part.  Restrictions due to Covid-19 might mean that whilst you can fundraise as a group, the actual participation on the day will need to be done in smaller family or household groups.  Please check Government guidance at the time and  do not put yourself or others at risk.  Please also be especially aware of road safety if a number of you are able to travel together.

How many churches do I need to visit?

As few or as many as your wish. Just let the people sponsoring you know how many churches you are planning to visit.

What route must I follow?

You can choose your own route covering any distance you wish and visiting as many churches as your would like.  This year we advise exploring your local area to limit the risk of the spread of infection.

Do I have to start at my own church?

No, you can start and finish anywhere in any county which is participating.

How do I know which churches are taking part?

A list will be produced for future events, but it will not be possible for 2020.

May I use a car?

Whilst we do not encourage car use to visit churches, vehicles are welcome in the following situations:

  • when other forms of transport aren’t possible
  • to transport you to your first church and from your last church

If using a car as the main source of transport, please ensure the people sponsoring you know your intentions and that your car insurance covers you for this activity.

I will be away on holiday on the second Saturday in September, can I take part somewhere else?

Over 30 counties take part in this event so you can take part in another part of the country or on a different day. To find out details of the event in another county visit National Ride and Stride

I will be overseas on the second Saturday in September, can I still take part?

You could take part on a different day. Alternatively you could visit churches in the country you are visiting but make sure that the people sponsoring you know your intentions.

Can I raise money for my own church?

Participants are allowed to nominate a church of their choice who will receive 50% of their sponsorship money (before GiftAid). There is a space for this information on the sponsorship form.

Can I donate all my sponsorship money to CHCT?

Yes, on the sponsorship form write 100% CHCT in the box on the sponsor form where you can nominate a church.

Can we still visit churches in other counties?
You are welcome to visit churches in any of the participating counties listed on the National Churches Trust’s website.  We suggest limiting it to your local area rather than further afield, as it is still desirable to reduce travel in order not to risk contracting or spreading infection.

Why haven’t I received any of the event paperwork?
Unfortunately, due to the restrictions this year, we will be unable to distribute physical copies all the paperwork. It can, however, all be downloaded on this website – If you have any problems downloading the material please contact David Stazicker ([email protected]).

Should I get sponsors to sign my form?
Riders and Striders may find it more practicable to seek sponsorship “virtually” instead of using paper forms. If so, it is important to record whether each sponsor wishes his or her contribution to attract Gift Aid.

Will there still be a Register of Visitors to sign?
In according with guidance, we will not be producing a register of visitors which is usually signed by all participants. We also do not require participants to get their own church visit record signed at each church. Photographs can be taken of each church visited if needed. 

Can I raise money for a different charity?

No, CHCT will only pay out a 50% share of sponsorship money to a church.

Can I raise money on-line?

Yes, CHCT is registered with Stewardship’s give.net.

I am unable to take part in the Ride and Stride this year, can I just make a donation?

Yes, you can make a donation with Stewardship’s give.net

How do I get a sponsor form?

Download the sponsor form here

What do I do with my sponsorship money?

Download the Paying in Form here

My church does not take part in the Ride and Stride and would like to join. How does it join?

Please contact our Secretary making sure that the clergy and church committee are happy to join the event.