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Giving back: how one Brentford fan was inspired to fundraise for the Trust

Tackle the Royal Parks Half Marathon and raise money for our Community Sports Trust

2 August 2018

Tony Griffiths’ daughter was one of the first girls to get involved with the Trust’s girls’ football programme. To ensure other girls could have the same opportunity as her, Tony decided to take part in the Royal Parks Half Marathon – fundraising money for the Trust.

Tony, who has lived in Brentford for eight years and is an ardent Bees fan, credits the Trust with igniting his daughter’s passion for football. She has been part of the girls' football programme for three years.

“She has been playing football since she was six and absolutely loves it. Now she is playing football five times a week and attending every home game at Griffin Park,” said Tony.

Tony's own passion for sport started in 2014 when he decided to get fit and run the New York Marathon.

"I was pretty unhealthy – probably spending too much time in the pub," he joked.

"After running the New York Marathon, I decided last year to run the Royal Parks Half Marathon for the Trust.”

The Royal Parks Half Marathon, which takes place in some of the capital's world-famous landmarks and four Royal Parks, has seen 128,000 runners cross the finish line since 2008.

"Having kids myself, I have seen first-hand the fantastic community work Brentford's Trust does – helping hundreds of children get active and live healthier lifestyles."

Tony, along with three other runners, managed to raise nearly £2,000 for the Trust, which was invested into the charity's community, health, education and disability projects.

"I would recommend taking part in a charity race for the Trust,” Tony said.  

"Just make sure you do enough training and, most importantly, have fun!"

The Royal Parks Half Marathon takes place on Sunday 14 October.

If you're interested in taking part in the Royal Parks Half Marathon for the Trust, please contact our fundraising team on 0208 326 7038 or at

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