Written by Ali Bowen from Leeds FrontRunners, an all-inclusive club, welcoming anyone who identifies as LGBT, their friends and people who just love running and are happy to look beyond labels.
As the countdown to Christmas has now properly started, it’s always a good time to reflect on the year so far and celebrate the highs and appreciate the lows. With Leeds FrontRunners this is no different… although in fairness I’m struggling for lows!
It’s been an awesome 2016; we celebrated our 1st birthday in summer with a picnic in the park while enjoying the summer sunshine, saw our memberships increase and we received our confirmation that we are now a UKA club.
You’d think that these would be the highlights of a good year but there’s more, we hosted the first Leeds Pride Run in August to coincide with the 10th Anniversary of Leeds Pride. As a club we took over Woodhouse Moor Park Run but this was no ordinary take over, we had rainbow flags and bunting and a balloon arch and with the support of some sponsors we had buffs and technical t-shirts to hand out.
It was an amazing success and still now people comment when they see one of our members in a club t-shirt, it certainly raises the visibility of not only Leeds Frontrunners but also the LGBT community within Leeds and the surrounding area.
So what of next year? How do we beat it? Well, we have great plans with the introduction of a Grand Prix, mid week and Saturday Club Runs and weekends away including Brighton Half Marathon and potentially World Pride in Madrid.
However, the grand plan for next year is #SpookGay which will be our annual race on 28th October 2017, this is planned to be a 5k race with the obvious theme of Halloween.
This makes me incredibly happy but more importantly proud to be involved with the club at this stage and how we can take it to the next level.