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A group of 10 young people and 4 adults from South Wight Area Youth (SWAY) successfully completed a route of 27.7 miles for ‘Ride and Stride’ on Saturday (12th September).

The event was held to raise money for Historic Churches Trust with the group visiting 7 churches across the Island. This year the cycling included a socially distanced ride and stops. Some joined in along the way while others headed home before the final stop, depending on where they lived.

The young boys and girls aged between 11 and 16-years-old, who attend SWAY’s youth groups and activities, together with staff and volunteers, set off from St Mary’s Church in Niton at around 10:00 and went over St Catherine’s Down to St Andrew’s in Chale. From there the group kept to bridleways and small roads as much as possible and made their way to St Peter’s at Shorwell. Then it was the big push up over Brighstone Down to All Saint’s, Calbourne and back.

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Once at the top of Brighstone Down again, the group cut through to St Mary’s Church in Brook and headed for home calling in at St Peter’s and St Paul’s in Mottistone and St Mary’s, Brighstone.

A weary but satisfied bunch of cyclists returned to Niton at about 17:00 having enjoyed a warm, sunny day out and about on the Island.

The group so far have raised £70 for the Trust. If you should wish to donate visit

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