UPDATE December 1st 2019: Over 70 people came along to run or volunteer at our run on World AIDS Day, with a sea of red streaming across the Town Moor. It was a beautiful sight, and we raised over £250 for Blue Sky Trust, our chosen HIV support charity. See more photos at the end of this post…
Newcastle Frontrunners are well-known for hosting the LGBT5k each summer. This winter we are hosting a new free event – a 5km fun run to commemorate World AIDS Day. Over 101,600 people are living with HIV in the UK. Globally, there are an estimated 36.7 million people who have the virus. Despite the virus only being identified in 1984, more than 35 million people have died of HIV or AIDS, making it one of the most destructive pandemics in history.
World AIDS Day has taken place every year since 1988 and has been dedicated to raising awareness of the AIDS pandemic, caused by the spread of HIV infection, and mourning those who have died of the disease.
We would like to invite anyone wishing to show support for World AIDS Day to come along to Exhibition Park, Newcastle, and join us for a free, non-competitive 5k run/jog around and across Newcastle Town Moor, ending back in Exhibition Park. You will find us near the gate where parkrun assembles on a Saturday. Volunteers to assemble from 9.30am, and runners 9.55-9.55am with the run starting at 10am. There will be a lead runner, a tail walker, and lots of marshals on route so it doesn’t matter how fast you are, you will be catered for and have great support. See at end of the post for final details…
We have our amazing photographer Maggie on board to take group and individual shots so make sure you look your best!
The route is mostly flat, and will be adjusted according to the weather! We’d encourage everyone taking part to wear red as this is the traditional colour of HIV awareness. There is no charge to take part, although any donations would be welcome.
At the end of the run there will be cakes to buy, after all, it wouldn’t be a Newcastle Frontrunner run without cake. Although the run is free, it would be good to have an idea of numbers for cakes, so please drop us a quick email if you are thinking of coming.
All proceeds raised will go to Blue Sky Trust, a local charity which supports people in the North East and Cumbria living with HIV, and there will be representatives from the charity present on the day if you wish to speak with them.
The forecast is looking good for Sunday, but chilly. Feel free to come in warm jackets or hoodies and leave them with us at the start – the cake table will be manned throughout. The run is not officially timed, so bring a phone or GPS watch if you want to ensure you record your time.