A wheely large flock at church cycle event

Ecclesall Church Cycle to Church
Ecclesall Church Cycle to Church

So the record has been set at 209.

That’s the number of bicycles that were wheeled through All Saint’s Church, Ecclesall, on its first Cycle to Church Sunday.

“It was exciting to see people of all ages queueing to get into their church with their bicycles,” said the vicar, the Rev Gary Wilton, who came up with the idea, inspired by the Tour de France.

“The youngest was about two and the oldest at least 72. There are a number of very fit retired members of the congregation.

“It was a fantastic day, with a real Whit Sunday feel. There was a real buzz. We had a great congregation and we were blessed by wonderful weather.”

The bikes were parked outside the Anglican church at the bottom of Ringinglow Road - looked after by the scouts - while riders attended a service with a theme of the wind and the spirit.

Mr Wilton had thought at as many as 600 cycles may have turned up, but was satisfied with the turnout.

He hopes to have set the wheels turning to encourage other churches.

“We had 209 bicycles. That’s our record. Next year we want to break that record and we would encourage other churches in Sheffield and Yorkshire to see if they can get the record. Next year we’ll gear up for more.”

Now All Saints is turning its attention from cycling to football.

A large screen will descend behind the nave for each of England’s three first round games, with an invitation to the public, as well as the congregation, to watch the matches.