The North East of England’s largest inclusive running club
Newcastle Frontrunners is Newcastle’s biggest inclusive running club which welcomes all sections of the community, with an emphasis on the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer + (LGBTQ+) communities and their allies. We have around 150 active members and we are part of the global family of running clubs, the International Frontrunners network.
The club was founded in 2011 under the name of Northern Frontrunners with the intention of operating in Newcastle, Sunderland and Durham, but Sunderland sessions did not take off as planned and Durham never started. The club changed its name to Newcastle Frontrunners in 2017 and introduced a new kit and logo. The club has gone from strength to strength since its foundation and enjoys a diverse, mixed ability membership with something for everyone.
We use Gosforth Leisure Centre as our base and offer sessions up to 3 times a week, which includes: Strength & Conditioning, Run Development, Tempo Runs, Long & Easy Runs. To help get the most out of your running, we offer runs that suit all abilities, which are generally split into 6 pace groups on a Wednesday, with fewer groups on the other training days. We have a full range of abilities from absolute beginners to advanced competitive runners, who undertake half-marathons & marathons.
There are always England Athletic trained Run Leaders and Coaches on hand to lead the groups and to guide and advise you individually. Every week there will be 1-2 qualified Run Leader(s) assigned to look after your running group with the Coaches facilitating and leading all sessions as well as supporting individuals with their own goals and aspirations.
Newcastle Frontrunners are award winners too! Over the years the club has been recognised regionally and nationally with the club being named “England Athletics North-East Club of the Year” part of the England Athletics Volunteer Awards in 2017 and recently the club won “Athletics and Running @home Award – North East” and runner-up in “Athletics and Running @home Award - National” in 2020.
We are not just about running, we like to socialise and eat cake too!
On the first Wednesday of every month we go to out for drinks, and sometimes dinner, after we’ve finished running, and prior to Covid there was always cake and fruit after our Wednesday Rainbow Run.
Throughout the year we organise club trips to local parkruns and other UK Frontrunner events as well as national races and international race trips which may be part of the club's annual Grand Prix.
Additionally, we organise regular social events; these have included: Christmas parties, walks, bowling, quiz nights and nights out on the town.