COVID-19 has “run riot” through the spring events and training calendar at all running clubs, with many runners losing motivation when faced with tight restrictions on when and where they could run. To combat this situation, at the end of April the committee of Glasgow Front Runners asked other UK clubs if they’d like to join in a virtual run across the country. It was a very well-received initiative with over 100 runners from 11 clubs participating.
May was turning out to be another depressing month, with both Glasgow and Newcastle Frontrunner clubs announcing the cancellation of their summer races (OUTrun and LGBT5k respectively), and GFR again turned the mood around by initiating another cross-UK run. The last Thursday of the month was again chosen (before lockdown, GFR regularly had a Big Club Run at the end of each month) so on May 28th runners donned their club vests, found beauty sports near home to run in, and jogged as far or little as they wanted while capturing an all-important selfie.
Turnout was again tremendous, with video messages of support posted throughout the day from the leaders of Glasgow, Leeds, Newcastle and Manchester Frontrunners.
Aided by the glorious weather the turnout was tremendous, with even newer clubs like Dundee getting several members involved, and Newcastle Frontrunners alone having over 30 runners. As restrictions are relaxed we look forward to being able to run in small groups, but as it’s unlikely that whole clubs will meet in the near future, and certainly not come together for races, these virtual events are a great way to keep in contact and be #alonetogether.