London Frontrunners is a running club for lesbians, gay men and gay-friendly people who love running. Members range from recreational joggers to competitive road racers and marathon runners. The club welcomes all runners, regardless of level of fitness, pace or preferred distance.
London Frontrunners have regular runs four times a week (Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays) in two of London's most beautiful parks (Regent's Park and Hyde Park) and along the South Bank. The distances normally range from 2 to 6 miles and there are normally from 20 to 40 runners at each session.
They also organise social events for their members, drinks or brunch after the runs in pubs, or breakfast places near the changing facilities. Members have also organised skiing trips, wine tasting sessions and weekends in the countryside.
Who would have thought that a small group of like-minded individuals who gathered for a run on a Saturday morning in Hyde Park could develop into a hugely successful gay and lesbian running club with over 300 members in 2011?
London Frontrunners is part of a world-wide network of gay and lesbian "Frontrunners" running and walking clubs. The first FrontRunner club began in San Francisco in 1974. The name “Frontrunners” was inspired by Patricia Nell Warren's novel The Front Runner, a story about the relationship between an ex-Marine track coach and his Olympic athlete training for the 1976 Olympic Games.
- ↑ International Front Runners. Who We Are. 2010. URL:http://www.frontrunners.org/about/index.php. Accessed: 2010-11-08. (Archived by WebCite at http://www.webcitation.org/5u5d9cfSo)
- ↑ Warren, Patricia Nell, and Tyler St Mark. The Front Runner: The Novel. Wildcat International. 2006. URL:http://thefrontrunner.com/thenovel.html. Accessed: 2010-11-08. (Archived by WebCite at http://www.webcitation.org/5u5cevcjc)