In bright sunshine Bishop Jo and 21 other brave volunteers from around the diocese completed Guildford Triathlon, a 500m pool swim, 22km road cycle and 5km trail run, on Saturday 13 July.
The team included 19 first-time triathletes (including +Jo), members of the Sports Ministry Team: Vicar Greg Cushing Oli Deeks, Youth Director at Camberley Youth for Christ and John McCabe, Rector of Byfleet and a number of volunteers from around the diocese.
Running, swimming and cycling for the Bishop of Guildford’s Communities Fund the diocesan team has so far raised an incredible £2,200 to help the fund support the most disadvantaged in Surrey and North East Hampshire.
Sports ministry seeks to engage with the local community through sport. Last year in the UK the number of over-16s playing sport once a week, every week has risen to a new record - 15.6 million – offering churches a huge opportunity for community engagement. Contact the sports ministry team for support and guidance in this growing ministry.
Commenting on the event +Jo said:
“Well I never imagined becoming a bishop might involve this, but it’s been all adventure and no regret - I haven’t felt so healthy in years!
“It has been amazing to see a team with a majority of beginners become empowered and excited. I’m struck by the impact of a team (as well as John’s coaching) that makes possible what individually would be impossible. There is no way I would have found the strength to run across the finish line without their cheers of encouragement.
"Huge thanks to all those brave enough to join me and all those that have donated so much for the wonderful Communities Fund!”
Find out more and give to the Diocesan triathlon team.