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.
Then it was under starter’s orders, and at 9.30 we set off.
We took in Thorley, Shalfleet and Newtown…
… before heading out to Gurnard and Cowes.
On we went, via the church where Ben was married, and on towards East Cowes, via the chain ferry.
Over the bridge we went, and on towards East Cowes and Whippingham…
And on we went, taking in Wootton, Binstead and Ryde.
Then it was all out to Seaview and St Helens.
And now we were coming home, with Havenstreet, Carisbroke and Calbourne still to do.
(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!