As we prepare for the 2017 Bike Ride on Saturday 9th September......
Spring is here, so time to get out on your bikes! Get inspired by reading Bike Ride News April 2017 and if you have any stories or ideas, please get in touch with us on firstname.lastname@example.org -we look forward to hearing from you!
You can also download our first Bike Ride Newsletter of 2017.
Winners of the 2016 Photographic Competition
We had some fabulous and atmospheric entries for our photographic competition. The winning entries were published in the EDP and the Evening News. They really did reflect the weather on the day. The winners each received £100 and were as follows; photograph recording people taking part, Kathryn Thacker and the winner of both an architectural feature and their favourite church categories was David Nice.
Some interesting facts about the 2016 Bike Ride
⊕ The total raised to date is £100,066 which is £139 short of last year's final total of £100,205. Cheques are still coming in so we have a sporting chance of beating last year’s figures which will be amazing given how wet the day was.
⊕ We had 292 new participants who hadn’t taken part in the 2015 ride. 565 sponsored participants took part on the day with many more involved with signing people in at churches
⊕ The top 7 fundraisers raised over 10,808 more than 10% of the total funds raised.
⊕ The top church, Burnham Thorpe All Saints, raised £4,083 and knocked Hempstead All Saints off the top position. 18% up on last year.
⊕ One participant was sponsored by every person in his village and filled seventeen sheets of sponsor forms.
⊕ The top person cycled around 64 churches and the top walker visited 50 churches.
⊕ The number of church visits by car doubled from 109 to 215.
⊕ Amazingly there were more recorded visits to churches than last year which is extraordinary given the weather. 2198 vs 1920
⊕ One family did the ride by canoe!