Member Bio: Kim

We’d like to introduce you to our latest bio: Kim.

I’d been aware of Newcastle Frontrunners for a couple of years before I joined. But as I hadn’t done any long-distance running at all I wasn’t sure if it was such a good idea to give it a go, even if it was an LGBT running club and I was keen to meet and run with others from my community.

So when the first Couch to 5k programme was announced in 2015 I immediately signed up. I still remember our first session: We were all supposed to run for *gasp* 60 seconds, then walk for a couple of minutes or so, then run for another 60 seconds etc. We were all going “You want us to run for how long?!” But to cut a long story short, since then I have run a 10k, Blaydon Races (3 times) and two half marathons and am currently training for my third half-marathon in Cardiff later this year.

4 years ago I wouldn’t even have thought I’d be able to accomplish so much and run so far, but with the help of everyone in Newcastle Frontrunners, from coaches and run leaders to all my fellow runners, I had all the support and encouragement I could possibly have asked for.

I realise that as a lesbian I didn’t have to join an LGBT running club, there are many other running clubs out there, but I wanted to meet and get fit with others from the wider LGBT community. I also liked that you didn’t have to be able to run at a certain pace in order to join and no-one is ever left behind.

To any lesbian out there who is thinking of taking up running or just want to be able to learn how to run, why not come along to one of our sessions on Wednesday evenings and give it a go. Newcastle Frontrunners are a very welcoming, friendly running club, and as a little reward afterwards there’s always lots of cake and fruit. Come for the running, stay for the cake!