A team of more than 30 is currently racing virtually across Europe in aid of Brentford FC Community Sports Trust. The Race Europe event involves 14 London Football Clubs race across Europe in a virtual activity challenge. Each club is aiming to be the fastest to cover the 6,720 miles that separate all of the Euro 2021 Host Cities and the Trust out out an update late last week.
The team runners, cyclists and walkers have reached four Euro 2020 cities, Dublin, London, Amsterdam and Copenhagen and ware motivated to keep going. The group are raising vital funds for the Brentford FC Community Sports Trust community programmes and a new cycling hub based at Gunnersbury Park. This new cycling hub will encourage more cyclists in the local area to stay active and will help the development of a new companion cycling initiative, which focuses on providing specialised physical activity and well-being engagement opportunities, through cycling.
The team contains people from a variety of backgrounds. All are helping the Trust reach their target. Two members of the team shared their main thoughts and motivations, to go the distance throughout this month.
Mollie Holmes, Brentford Women’s FC First Team captain, said: “Since the start of lockdown, it has been difficult to find ways to stay motivated and have consistent training levels. I have been running regularly throughout lockdown and this event helped me to stay fit in preparation for the return of competitive football."
Sophie Lee, a sports massage therapist, said: "Taking part in Race Europe keeps me motivated ready for a return to competitive football. I find the nature of the challenge competitive and I will be cycling throughout this month to help the team cover the longest distance possible. It truly has inspired me to cycle more often and find new cycling routes in London.”
The member of the Brentford team responsible for clocking up the most miles will be rewarded with a pair of tickets to a Bees game. All squad members will be presented with medals to mark their participation. Support the team here.