Run with us
Four Weekly Runs, and Training and Coaching Sessions: all abilities welcome, from new runners to competitive athletes!
We run four times a week on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. We also have a track session on Tuesdays and coaching sessions on Wednesdays. Our members are of all ages and abilities, and from all sections of the LGBT+ community. If you’re thinking of coming along for your first run with the Club, we recommend that you come to one of our “New Member” days first.
Please note for our weekly runs on Thursdays and Saturdays, you need to email the Club the day before if you wish to use the changing facilities at our secure venues. For the Thursday evening session, please email [email protected] by 5.00pm the day before (Wednesday). For the Saturday morning session, please email [email protected] by 12.00pm the day before (Friday).
Your first three runs with the Club are free, with each session normally costing £1 (unless you sign up to one of our PrePay plans). You’re welcome to come along for three taster sessions; after this we ask that you join the Club as a member.
Coming to your first club run can be daunting. Ask any member and they’ll sympathise about their first run jitters: most of us were terrified of being too slow, not being able to complete the distance, or being criticised for having awful taste in trainers.
But it’s not actually like that as one of the wonderful things about being part of a club is that you have other members there to help you and make you feel part of a group. And we’re most definitely a friendly bunch!
Coming along to a LFR run
All of our runs are open to everyone. We’ve said this a few times already and it’s worth repeating: LFR has members of all ages, sexes, ability, speed, fitness, etc. We have shy members, out-going members, members who are competitive and those who aren’t. Hence we’ll have someone who can run with you and show you around.
Every run is organised by a volunteer committee member. It’s usually pretty obvious who they are but if in doubt ask someone and they’ll point them out to you. Otherwise, just introduce yourself and they’ll talk you through how everything works.
Distances & speed
Don’t worry about how fast or slow you are, or how far you’ve managed to run previously, we have members of all abilities. True some of them are super quick speed-daemons and some are ultra-marathon runners, but we also have members who just like to go for a short jog.
And as far as distance is concerned: all of our runs have a variety of official distances but you won’t be forced to run if you don’t want to.
It’s entirely up to you how far and fast you run.
Learning the routes
Maps of all our running routes are available on the website. If you’re new or worried about getting lost, come along to one of our dedicated “New Member” days, where there’ll be a Club member there who’ll be able to tell you all about the Club, the changing rooms, and the other logistics you need to know. They’ll also take you through the “New Member” route for that day (between 6km and 7.5km) and run at the back of the group to make sure no-one gets lost.
How much does it cost to run?
Your first run is completely free. After that we ask that you pay £1 for each run (unless you sign up to one of our PrePay plans).
Do I have to be a member to run?
We don’t need you to sign up as a member straight away. Instead we allow potential members three taster sessions first. After your third run we do ask that you sign up as a member.
What happens after a run?
After our runs, we go for food and socialising. This isn’t compulsory but we do highly encourage it, so don’t rush off if you don’t have to!
We mostly run on roads but we do like to spice things up with a bit of country side running. Not to be confused with the mud fest that is cross country, trails are much more civilised.
The trail runs are held monthly throughout the year at the weekend and visit the beautiful countryside surrounding London. After the run, participants usually go for a well deserved pub lunch!
Please see our club calendar for more details of trail runs.
In conjunction with the Met League, the London Frontrunners head off over the winter season to do some cross country.
These runs vary from anything from a lovely autumn day out, to a muddy mosh pit to rival Glasto. And yet we keep doing it. We suspect mostly for the post-run cake and sherry.
Please see our club calendar for more details of x-country fixtures.
Although we are the London Frontrunners, we’re not confined to just running in London.
The club has friends all over the UK and everyone has their favourite part of the country they like to run in. Some of the places and trips the club has organised trip to in the past are:
- Epping Forest
- Isle of Wight
- Yorkshire Dales
These trips are usually for the weekend and they’re a great way of both getting out of London and also getting to know your fellow Frontrunners better.
There are also a number of races that the club encourages members to join up to. Details are on the races page.
Gosh we get about.
Not happy with just running around London and the UK, we also organise an annual international trip to (usually) sunnier climes. These trips are very popular with members as they combine fun with friends, seeing new places and running!
We’ve been the following places over the years:
- 2017: Munich, Germany
- 2016: Bilbao, Spain
- 2015: Porto, Portugal
- 2014: Budapest, Hungary
- 2013: Wachau, Austria
- 2012: Tuscany, Italy
- 2011: Nice, France
Remember to check the International Frontrunners website if you’re going on holiday. There may be a Frontrunners where you’re headed.