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Frontrunners Cork

Covid-19 info and status:

We are currently back doing our semiweekly runs on Saturdays and Mondays while taking precautions during these unprecedented times. You are more than welcome to join us for these, but you have to register for each run (see links below). While at runs, we expect our runners to maintain social distancing and respect the public space. We do post-run social where we go for coffee or food, but this depends on the situation and if the numbers allow it. We hope to see you despite these conditions and do not hesitate to reach out to us with any questions.

 

Frontrunners Cork - Cork's LGBT Running Club

 

WHO WE ARE:

Frontrunners Cork is Cork's LGBT+ running club existing since October 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!

 

Frontrunners Cork Moments

 

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[1]. 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 a space where gender, sexuality and background can meet without 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 in our circles 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.

 

Frontrunners Cork Running Memories

 

HOW TO JOIN US:

We meet at Blackrock Castle every Saturday at 10 am and every Monday evening at 7 pm. We are currently not charging our members any fees, however, registrations are currently mandatory at this point due to Covid-19 being factor. We therefore ask everyone to register for each run for free using the links below:

MONDAY evening runs: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/frontrunners-cork-monday-evening-run-tickets-109852084542

SATURDAY morning runs: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/frontrunners-cork-saturday-morning-run-tickets-108877451388

Should a run be cancelled, we will notify of this here on the website and on our official Facebook page.

 

Frontrunners Cork - More running moments

 

WHAT LEVELS DO YOU RUN?

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.

 

Frontrunners Cork - More running gorgeous moments

 

HOW CAN I 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.

 

 

HOW TO GET IN TOUCH:

Should you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us:

frontrunnerscork@gayproject.ie.

If you want to support us, follow us on Instagram and Facebook, where you can reach out to us via chats.

Should a run be cancelled, we will notify of this here on the website and on our official Facebook page.

 

Frontrunners Cork Contact

 

[1] http://www.outonthefields.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/Summary-of-Global-Results-Out-on-the-Fields.pdf - Accessed the 28th of July 2020.