Taking on the Prudential Ride for JM
After weeks of glorious sunshine, the day of the London to Surrey Prudential Ride 100 brought unexpected heavy rain and strong winds as 25, 000 people set off cautiously from the Olympic park early on Sunday morning.
Brad Snyder, Husband of Jesuit Missions office volunteer Betsy, took on the cycling challenge to raise funds for Jesuit Missions.
Asked about the reason of his support for JM, he said: “Through my wife, who has been volunteering each week in the Jesuit Missions office for the past two and a half years, I have learned about the Jesuits’ work with marginalized people around the world by promoting social justice and building bridges between communities. I didn’t know much about what you did before, but I think that it’s a great cause and you do some great work.”
“I find that by having a challenge such as this to work toward is a good motivator for me to get out on my bike and train and to keep fit too” Brad added, a week ahead of the Prudential Ride, talking about his motivation to sign up.
On the big day, Brad left at 7.20am and by 9.30am he was passing through the village of Ripley at the 40-mile mark where he saw a familiar face Richard Greenwood, Jesuit Missions Outreach and Communications Manager, who had braved the rain to show his support.
Richard said, “We had a brief chat and even a quick video call with Betsy, his wife in the US who volunteers for Jesuit Missions, he was doing great! The weather was horrendous for cycling though, within the hour I spent watching the event I saw at least 4 crashes.”
After making his way up the tough Box Hill, another cyclist unfortunately rode into Brad and damaged his wheel so his day ended at the 75 mile mark.
We are hugely grateful for Brad’s time and commitment and share his disappointment at having his day ended in this way. Brad has raised over £1000 and this fantastic amount will support Jesuit Missions’s work around the world.
You can still show your support for Brad by visiting his fundraising page
There are places available for next years London to Surrey Prudential Ride 100 in 2019, please get in touch if you are interested in taking part.