Sun Shines on Glasgow FrontRunners Rainbow Run
18th February 2013
After the rain, sleet and snow of the past couple of weeks in Glasgow, the sun shone on Sunday morning and a rainbow of runners appeared along the Forth and Clyde canal at Spiers Wharf. Glasgow FrontRunners held a ‘Rainbow Run’ open day to encourage new runners to find out more about running and the club. A feast for the eyes, all colours of the rainbow were set against the beautiful backdrop of the Glasgow skyline.
While we may have fallen short of the 30,000 runners Guinness demanded for us to set a World Record, the club achieved a massive 38% of the turnout being new runners on the day – we were even accompanied along the canal by Bambi and his sister deer!
Ann Davidson, programmes co-ordinator at jogscotland, joined the Run and was able to witness Glasgow FrontRunners achieving jogscotland’s aim of encouraging Scots into a more active lifestyle, in a welcoming social environment, first-hand. Runners at all fitness levels, from walk-joggers to more advanced runners were supported by our jogscotland trained Club Jog Leaders over 5k, 7.5k and 10k runs.
The event was a held as an open day to attract new members to attend the regular Thursday evening and Sunday morning running sessions. The club actively encourages new members of all abilities – whether they want to run to get fit and tone up or train for a race such as the Bupa Great Glasgow 10k, Men’s Health Forum Scotland 10k or Great Scottish Run with an encouraging team around them.
Mike Wilkie, Club President, said, “It was great to see such an enthusiastic turnout. We had runners beat personal bests for distance – it shows what club encouragement can do! We look forward to welcoming along anyone else who wants to try club running at any stage.”
Glasgow FrontRunners is an award winning inclusive community based road-running group, with strong links to Glasgow’s LGBT Community, but remains open to all runners regardless of age, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or physical ability.
Founded in August 2010, Glasgow FrontRunners has gone from strength to strength, and along the way encouraged many of Glasgow’s LGBT men and women to take up running as a healthy living initiative, with it’s friendly and welcoming environment.
In the past year, Glasgow Frontrunners has picked up awards, including one of our Jog Leaders becoming jogscotland’s ‘Achiever of the Year’. The Club also won silverware in the Great Scottish Run Half Marathon. In the Corporate and Community Team category, GFR achieved second out of a field of 45 teams, confirming that we take our running just as seriously as we take our community outreach.
For further information on Glasgow FrontRunners please visit www.glasgowfrontrunners.org