This March, London Frontrunners are inviting the women of London to join us for a 5 km run at 10 a.m. every Saturday morning. Spring is nigh, and the days are getting longer. What better way to start off the weekend, than a light run around Hyde Park with a group of like minded women?
This run is for all levels, beginners are as welcome as experienced runners.
Who are the London Frontrunners?
We are a group for LGBT people in London that like running. We’ve been growing steadily for over 20 years, forming a community of runners at all levels. Nearly all of us like running on the roads and in parks, some of us run for fitness and some for speed. Some of us race and many of us don’t. We’re a mixed bunch: many of us are from the UK and there’s a good mix from all over the world.
So if this is an LGBT group, are straight women allowed?
This run is open to all women over the age of 18, irrespective of sexual orientation. We are an inclusive group and welcome everyone who is interested in running with us.
Why is this organized in March?
March 8 is International Women’s Day and we are celebrating this occasion by organizing a run every Saturday in March, aimed towards women who are interested in fitness. It’s a great way to get in shape and meet new people so we hope you’ll join in.
What does it cost?
The cost is £1 per run and we will collect this from you when you show up on the Saturday morning. There is no pre-payment or fee of any sort for these four runs.
What happens during this run?
The runs will be guided by our club members who will welcome you and run with you. We meet between 9.40 – 9.50 a.m. at St Mary’s Hospital Gym, which is a short walk away from Paddington station (Bakerloo line). You can use the changing room facilities here and store your bags in the lockers if you like. (Bring a small combination lock if you plan to use the locker). We’ll continue as a group on to Hyde Park which is a short jog away and aim to begin our run at 10 a.m. Below is a map of one of the proposed running routes.
We gather outside the Italian Gardens where we introduce ourselves, then run in a loop along the running track, back along the banks of the Long water to complete a 4.6 km loop. There will be a bit of a break, then a jog back to the gym where we shower and change. We should be done by about 11 a.m. and then we can head towards Paddington for a light brunch or coffee.
The address of the gym is: St Mary’s Hospital Gym, Praed Street, W2 1NY.