Several FrontRunners turned up in their best Santa wear, with bespoke Rainbow Hats made by our own member Jen, to run 5km and raise funds for Rockinghorse, a Sussex charity funding vital medical equipment for sick and ill children.
A couple of FrontRunners even had time to do the Hove Prom Parkrun before donning their Santa suits. Well done to all runners!
You can donate to Rockinghorse by clicking here
Update: we also received a mention in The Argus write up of the day.
As the winter draws in, with even darker evenings, a number of running groups are taking advantage of the well lit promenade around the King Alfred to train and run on a Wednesday night.
Where to meet?
We meet under the promenade “bus shelter” closest to the King Alfred Leisure Centre car park, located on Hove Street on the Beachside of the road. Look for the Pride flag.
If you are driving, parking is free on either Hove Street or in the King Alfred Leisure Centre car park after 6pm.
Where to get ready?
We also have access to the dry side changing and shower facilities for free within the leisure centre. Changing facilities within the King Alfred are gendered male/female, however, there are also privacy shower and changing facilities for people not wanting to use communal facilities.
Lockers require a £1 coin, which is refunded.
Where we run?
For our winter runs we are staying on the promenade and heading towards Brighton, making best use of the street lighting. Before setting off we will group similar speed runners together. If you haven’t run before or not sure what speed you run, don’t worry we can figure it out in the first part of the run and there is always someone at the back who will make sure you aren’t last.
What to wear?
We run in all weathers, so come dressed appropriate to the weather. We recommend a windproof running jacket as we are running along the seafront. There are a number of specialist running and sports shops in central Brighton and central Hove, and a number of the discount supermarkets also sell running gear at this time of year.
Brighton and Hove FrontRunners is now affiliated with International Front Runners. Our affiliation was agreed at the latest IFR general meeting, which took place just this week.
International Front Runners is an affiliation group of LGBTQ+ running / walking clubs across the world. Having started in the US with the first FrontRunners club there at now a hundred clubs of various sizes affiliated with International Front Runners.
BHFR is the latest club to be affiliated from the UK, joining London, Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds, Newcastle, Glasgow and Edinburgh to bring the total number of UK affiliated LGBT running clubs to nine.
Getting into the festive mood, BHFR members are taking part in Brighton’s annual 5k Santa Dash. The Santa Dash is a fun non-timed event to raise money for Rocking Horse, a Brighton based charity supporting unwell and sick children in Sussex, where participants run the course dressed up as Santa Claus.
Members are going to be running in Rainbow Santa Hats to add a Pride-spin to the dash and make sure they stand out amongst all the Santas! Request your Rainbow Santa Hat via our Facebook Event Page.
Our monthly postrun social will take place Wednesday 28th November, just a few minutes away from the King Alfred Leisure Centre at The Better Half, Hove.
We have an area reserved from 8pm.
We have free use of the King Alfred lockers and changing facilities for anyone wanting to change after the club run.
For anyone thinking of running with us, the social is an ideal time to come down and meet some of the group and get to know us.
Our monthly group Parkrun visit is taking us to Preston Park this month, so if you’ve never done one now is your chance. We will be meeting 8.45 on the grass in front of the cafe. And will be in the cafe after. Hope we can get a good Frontrunners turnout. The 5K Parkrun starts at 9am.
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