Cycle pilgrim in epic effort for local churches

Posted on Wednesday 3 October 2018
Cambridge cyclist Barney Leeke (41) recently embarked on an epic pilgrimage from Cherry Hinton to Walsingham, Norfolk as part of the Cambridgeshire Historic Churches Trust "Ride and Stride".

Starting from St Andrew’s church in Cherry Hinton Barney aimed to complete the 120 mile round trip to the shrine at Walsingham in a little over eight hours. “I’ve been building up to this effort over the summer season,” he said, “St Andrew’s is embarking on a major restoration project and I want to do my bit to help that happen.” 

Barney works for the Pharmacology department at the University of Cambridge during the week and has a wife and seven year-old daughter at home. “Squeezing in time on the bike isn’t easy, but the weather this summer has help enormously in keeping my training up for this ride!” he said.

A regular at Cambridge Cycling Club events and the weekly Espresso Library rides. A favourable weather forecast and the coinciding with a major festival at Walsingham set event to be a memorable trip. 

The Ride and Stride is an annual event encouraging people to visit some of the county’s many historic church buildings and raise money for the Trust in the process. “St Andrew’s is a hidden gem of a church and contains one of the oldest stone monuments in Cambridge,” he said, “preserving these buildings for future generations is vital, particularly in parishes where there are few other public buildings available”.

Cambridgeshire Historic Churches Trust is a partner of the National Churches Trust and aims to support the continued use of historic church buildings in the county by providing grants for their upkeep. Established in 1983 the Cambridgeshire Trust has given many grants to local churches and this is their main fundraising event.

You can still donate at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/historicchurches2018 or email barnabas.leeke@gmail.com to pledge sponsorship.