2019 Ride & Stride – 8 stories

Philip Harris of Headcorn cycled to 17 churches in Ardeche, Western France, covering 73 miles (or should I say 117 kilometres).

The Church of the Good Shepherd, Borough Green, organised a four-parish pilgrimage walk, vising Borough Green, Ightham, Wrotham and Platt, singing a psalm and a hymn at each.

75 year-old David Silsbey, the Churchwarden of St. Margaret’s Hucking, used a battery-driven electric motor to assist his bike over the hills of the North Downs.

Joy and Derek Russill organised two walks from Saltwood church, one with 12 children and 14 adults, and the other with 17 adults. There were also 2 cyclists and 12 welcomers, making a total of 57 people taking part. Not quite as many as last year, but still far more than any other church.

The nine riders from St. Alphege Seasalter included two 5-year-olds on the back of their father’s tricycle.

A group of five from Folkestone Methodist church walked to eight churches in the town; the group consisted of someone in a non-electric wheelchair, an eight-year-old, an adult and two therapy dogs.

5-year-old Henry Amos travelled round eight churches in Sevenoaks on his scooter, with Grandma trying to keep up. He surprised the ladies at the Friends’ Meeting House by scooting up straight up their wheelchair ramp! Sian Edwards’ family of son, daughter -in-law and three grandchildren came from Cornwall to Greatstone to take part.