COVID-19 INFO AND STATUS:
Not running due to lockdown and recent guidelines.
WHO WE ARE:
Frontrunners Cork is Cork's LGBT+ running club existing since September 2018 and still in full operation!
As part of Cork's Gay Project, we are incredibly grateful and proud of how far we have come and what our members have contributed to the club. We are also proud to be an active and social initiative with basis in Cork City and we are always welcoming new runners and ideas!
HOW TO JOIN:
We meet at Blackrock Castle every Saturday at 10:30 am and The Lough every Monday evening at 7 pm. We are currently not charging our members any fees, thus runs are free to join. However, registrations are currently mandatory at this point due to Covid-19 being a factor. We therefore ask everyone to register for each run for free using the links below:
SATURDAY morning runs:
After registering, you will receive an email from Eventbrite on when and where the run will take place.
Should a run be cancelled, we will notify of this here on the top of the site and on our official Facebook page, where you can also contact us via the chat.
Exact locations for each run:
The Lough, Monday runs:
Blackrock Castle Car Park C, Saturday runs:
Our runners typically complete 3 km (1,9 miles), 5 km (3,1 miles) or 10 km (6,2 miles) during our runs. Currently due to Covid-19, we are not doing any Couch-to-5K programmes. Any news on this will appear here on the website or be advertised on our Facebook page. We appreciate your patience on this.
WHY AN LGBT+ RUNNING CLUB?:
Questions like these arise from time to time: Are we trying to exclude LGBT+ people from society? Do LGBT+ people need to run more than non-LGBT+people? Society is already so progressive, why are you "hiding"?
Many individuals in LGBT+ communities have for many reasons an aversion towards sports and sports events. These reasons include anticipating rejection due to their sexuality, bad experiences from PE classes, discriminatory attitudes and encounters in certain sports, physical activities and events. Further, for Cork's LGBT+ community it is obvious that we need more spaces and safe grounds to meet up in.
We strive to remain such an active space where one's gender, sexuality and background can exist without one having to fear being judged or questioned. Moreover, where Cork's LGBT+ community can meet for the social element, the craic, a shared purpose and exercise. We have also had allies at runs and events and proudly so.
On a larger scale, there is still a requirement for minority communities to remain visible. LGBT+ rights have been furthered spectacularly fast in recent years, and it is privilege to live in a time where one can express oneself so genuinely and freely. But we must remain visible to remind people that homophobic and discriminatory attitudes and initiatives are widespread and far from gone. Ireland should remain proud for being a nation where LGBT+ rights have been furthered by the public itself, and for being a shining beacon of hope for many other nations. We hope to carry on this legacy through our visibility and initiatives.
DO YOU WANT TO HELP?:
We are still a young running club, but again incredibly proud of our progress so far. We communicate with other Frontrunners clubs internationally and try to see how we can become better and more inclusive. Should you therefore feel that you can contribute to the running club in any way, do reach out.
GET IN TOUCH:
Should you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us:
Should a run be cancelled, we will notify of this here on the website and on our official Facebook page.
 http://www.outonthefields.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/Summary-of-Global-Results-Out-on-the-Fields.pdf - Accessed the 28th of July 2020.
Frontrunners Cork is a member of Safe Space Alliance.