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Will you take up Yorkshire’s cycling challenge?

People of Yorkshire have been urged to take part in Ride+Stride on Saturday September 9 to restore and repair local churches.

The national event sees cyclists sponsored to visit as many churches as they can in a day, either on foot, on a bike or by car, with all sponsorship money split between a church of the participant’s choice and the Yorkshire Historic Churches Trust (YHCT).

Sir Gary Verity, Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, said: “What better way to explore God’s own county? Whether on foot, by bike or in a car, Ride+Stride is the perfect way to discover Yorkshire’s beautiful churches and raise much needed funds for their repair and restoration.”

Tom Ramsden, chairman of the YHCT said: “With leaking roofs, rotting timbers and crumbling stonework, many of Yorkshire’s historic churches are battling to survive. Ride +Stride is a fantastic way to help raise money for your local church as well as the YHCT as you can split the money you raise.”

Yorkshire’s Team Challenge

For the first time, participants are faced with Yorkshire’s Ride+Stride Team Challenge. A team of up to 8 cyclists can sign up and get a My Donate page set up for them, aiming to raise at least £30 each.

Plan your route, taking in as many churches as you like along the way. You’ll also be able to find out what churches on your route will be open and offering refreshments on Yorkshire’s website.

The Newts take on the challenge

Yorkshire Historic Churches Trust trustee Edward Waterson has gathered a team of cyclists. Calling themselves ‘The Newts’, the group are planning a 14 mile route in the East Riding. The route takes in 7 churches and finishes with a well- earned cuppa in Everingham.

The route is inspired by Robert Aske, who led the Pilgrimage of Grace in 1536, an uprising against the English Reformation. Aske lived in Aughton, one of the stops on the route, and ‘The Newts’ is a reference to the newt carved into the tower at the Grade I listed All Saints church – a  newt was known in old English as an Ask.

The Newts plan to visit: St Mary’s in East Cottingwith, St Mary’s in Ellerton,  All Saints in Aughton, St Edmond’s in Seaton Ross , St Giles in Bielby, St Everilda’s in Everingham and The Chapel of St. Mary the Virgin and St. Everilda in Everingham.

Edward St Lawrence crop

Will you take on the challenge? For more information visit: yhct.org.uk/get-involved/ride-stride/

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