By Patrice and Jo
What an amazing LGBT5K Running Festival we had this year. It was certainly a very special event in many ways. Instead of our usual event on the Town Moor, we ventured into the virtual world.
We ended up with just over 700 entrants from all corners of the UK and indeed the world and not only running, but walking, hula-hooping and multiple other activities.
This was not the only reason why it made this year’s event very special. For the first time in our history, we decided to support only one charity at these difficult times for charities, as their usual sources of donations dried up. We pledged to donate all proceeds after recovering our costs to Rainbow Home.
We received amazing support from the local community of running clubs, Frontrunner clubs in the UK & Worldwide, as well as lots of other LGBT supporters. Not only did they enter and donate, but they embraced the idea of having fun while supporting a great cause. We received some excellent photos and videos with some great costumes and captured images in scenic and iconic locations. As usual Saltwell Harriers stole the show with a brilliant Spanish bull fighting display at the iconic Angel of the North (see featured image).
Best of all is the fact that we managed to raise the staggering sum of £4,940.94 for Rainbow Home.
It was a humbling experience to meet the Rainbow Home representatives virtually today (see image below) and share the news of how much we raised. They were extremely touched and appreciative of the efforts made by all the participants to raise this huge amount of money and it helps them to feel secure that they can continue supporting LGBT Asylum seekers for the next few months.