Well, we did it! Ride and Stride 2018 was even better than last year, and with your amazing support, and that of a wide range of people and companies who rallied to the course, the Shalfleet team raised over £2400. Rhod Powell, Ben Collins, Chloe Sutherland, Rev Clive and I rode and strode an eye watering number of miles across the Island, visiting churches and eating cake and helping to raise funds for the vital task of funding repairs to our ancient churches across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.

We were in two groups. Chloe set off on foot across the hills to Mottistone and Brook, before coming back to Calbourne, Newtown and Shalfleet.

Meanwhile, Rhod, Ben, Clive and I began with a bacon sarnie at Gossips in Yarmouth, before setting off from St James’ Church on our pilgrimage from Yarmouth to Seaview and back.

Planning the day over breakfast with our coach!

Then it was under starter’s orders, and at 9.30 we set off.

The team assembles at St James, Yarmouth

We took in Thorley, Shalfleet and Newtown…

St Swithun, Thorley

Home territory!

Holy Spirit, Newtown

… before heading out to Gurnard and Cowes.

All Saints, Gurnard

Holy Trinity, Cowes

On we went, via the church where Ben was married, and on towards East Cowes, via the chain ferry.

St Mary, Cowes

Praying that the chain ferry is working…

Over the bridge we went, and on towards East Cowes and Whippingham…

St James and St Mildred, East Cowes

St Mildred, Whippingham

And on we went, taking in Wootton, Binstead and Ryde.

St Edmund’s, Wootton

Holy Cross, Binstead

Comparing notes at Holy Cross, Binstead

A much needed lunch break at All Saints, Ryde

All Saints, Ryde complete with wedding!

St John’s, Ryde

Then it was all out to Seaview and St Helens.

St Peter’s, Seaview

St Helens

And now we were coming home, with Havenstreet, Carisbroke and Calbourne still to do.

Havenstreet

St Mary’s, Carisbroke

All Saints, Calbourne

(Apologies if some of these captions are out of order!)

And just when we thought we had finished, after a ride of 48 miles, Clive reminded me that he had to get home to Brighstone, so promptly took in another 3 or 4 churches, ending up with a total of 70 miles under his clerical belt!

Many thanks to all of you who supported us, and for those of you who want to see how we did, do please look at our fundraising page, and it is not too late to add to that total!

https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/shalfleetchurch