HUNDREDS of people ran and paddled their way to fun and fitness as the second ISIS Challenge returned to Brentford.
More than 500 people from across the borough and beyond enjoyed a day of sporting activity and family activities, as they took part in the event on Sunday (12).
The day involved a timed paddleboarding trial on Brentford Lock, followed by a 5km and 1km run around the grounds of the Duke of Northumberland’s London residence - Syon Park.
Many families as well as groups of friends and local companies took part, with over 280 people participating in the sporting activities, with ages ranging from three to 57 years old. All participants received a medal and special commemorative ISIS mug, sponsored by Quilliam Property Services.
Those who completed the activities in the fastest times later took to the podium during a dedicated awards ceremony.
Awards were handed out by the main sponsors, ISIS Waterside Regeneration and Willmott Dixon, along with Brentford and Isleworth MP Mary Macleod and Brentford Councillor Ruth Cadbury, who also ran in the 5k race.
The proceeds all went to Brentford FC Community Sports Trust which pledged to invest them into its on-going programme of sport locally and in other boroughs.
The Chronicle, which has supported the event in print during weeks of build-up, was also represented by its News Editor Chris Longhurst who clocked in with a very reasonable time of 26 minutes 31 seconds.
He said: "The Chronicle has been proud to help to promote this event again this year and, for me, getting to take part was even better. We are always happy to support the Community Sports Trust in as many ways as possible and also to get involved in the events our readers enjoy."
The family friendly event provided an afternoon packed full of entertainment. Many local residents opted to sit back and enjoy the BBQ, while others took part in a host of activities, from short tennis and football to sports massages and even a free bike clinic.
Lee Doyle, Chief Executive, of the trust, said: "It was a great day of activity; we are particularly pleased with the turnout for the new 1k race this year. As a community sports trust, a big focus for us is around encouraging local people to get active.
“We’d like to thank all of the event’s sponsors and our staff and volunteers, who helped to ensure the day’s success.”
Katie Sully from ISIS Waterside Regeneration, which is currently creating the Brentford Lock West estate of flats beside the Grand Union Canal in Commerce Road, Brentford added: “The participants really embraced the competitive edge to the day and from novice paddleboarders to seasoned pros, there was something for everyone to enjoy. It has been great to really get to know and to embrace what is such a thriving community here in Brentford.
“The ISIS Challenge is just one of the many ways that we are involved in supporting the local community and local initiatives and I hope all of those who took part enjoyed the day and all that Brentford has to offer its residents.”