The Management Committee are elected on an annual basis and look after the strategic and day-to-day running of the club. All of the Committee are club members and can be found running at our weekly sessions, club events and other races. Here is the current team who were elected in February for April 2021 -March 2022.
Co – Chair and Leader in Running Fitness: Paul
I Fell in love with running again when Brighton got its own Marathon in 2010, haven’t looked back since, most recently racing 800 metres as a Masters Athlete.
Co – Chair and Leader in Running Fitness: Claire
I’ve been running for a couple of years now and ran my first marathon last year and looking forward to competing in London and Brighton marathons later this year. I’m hoping to improve my 5K too!
started running about four years ago, soon after moving to Brighton. I had just watched the marathon that year and was so inspired. At the same time I was also struggling to climb the stairs to my office on the 5th floor and knew I had to try it! I started jogging before heading nervously to my first Parkrun where I did much better than expected. From then I was hooked! Fast forward a few years and I’ve now done three 10Ks, and two half-marathons, each time getting a PB. I’ve always been a social creature and joining the Frontrunners has made running so much better, having a chat along the way and keeping me accountable for turning up!
I took up running around 8 years ago as a way to control my weight which had steadily increased after quitting smoking a few years previously. My first organised race was in 2015 the Royal Parks Half Marathon, and I have been addicted ever since. I love the freedom of running, no planning, no specialist equipment needed, just my legs, a good pair of running trainers and off I go. I often find that I use my time running as thinking time, working things out, mulling things over in my head or simply not thinking at all. As a gay man it is important to me to be part of such a diverse and accepting group of runners, where everyone is welcome regardless of ability.
Communications and Marketing Officer: James
I started running about ten years ago in an attempt to get a bit fitter (which in itself was an effort having hated P.E. at school and being a 20 a day smoker!). Since then, I have quit smoking, completed 3 marathons, numerous half-marathons and I have run over 100 Parkruns. I truly love running outside and we are so lucky to be able to do so in beautiful Brighton. I look forward to meeting you at a run soon!
Welfare Officer: Neil
Never really been sporty but the (early cough) middle-aged spread started and I got dragged, reluctantly to a parkrun by a mate, 85 and counting and shaved 14mins off my first time. I love the ethos of parkrun and running in general. Earlier this year I did my first full marathon.
After relocating back to the south I joined this group, it’s great to have all the support from everyone. I like to do the odd chipped time race and always enjoy spending time with fellow runners especially the LGBT ones.
Race Secretary: Ernie
I started running regularly in 2017 when I hit 50 & quickly became addicted. I prefer longer distances and have completed 4 marathons to date. I love a bit of mud and trail running and cross country are also favourite passions. I’m a fan of team relay events and love the camaraderie that running in general provides. I recently moved to East Sussex and with the Downs and country lanes it’s a runners dream. I look forward to putting something back into running, meeting new people and helping BHFR grow.
Social Secretary: Robbie
I started to run about 7 years ago when we moved to Newcastle. I was in a sports team in London and wanted something to keep me active and I’ve never been a fan of gyms. A Frontrunners Club had just been set up in Newcastle and I decided to give it a go. Through the club I went on to run my first half marathon and just went on from there. I was lucky enough to be able to complete my Leader and Coach in Running Fitness courses with the club and was involved in organising the clubs Pride 5k which takes place the weekend of Northern Pride. Since becoming a Frontrunner I have be able to link up with other FrontRunner clubs when I’ve been travelling, it really is one big happy family. Joining the Brighton club was a good way to help to keep my motivation going. Being new to Brighton it was also a good way to get to know some of the locals and it has been a very friendly club to join.
Leader in Running Fitness: Damian
I’m a long time triathlete (and have completed over 100 tris), and running is a passion of mine. I’m also looking to give back to local LGBTQ+ community. I enjoy meeting new people, whilst at the same time trying to keep the weight off from eating too many cakes and drinking beer!
Leader in Running Fitness: Sonia
I started running in 2007 when I joined the TA – I had to run 1.5 miles in under 13 minutes to pass selection! At the time that was a real challenge but now I comfortably cover much longer distances. These days running is my social life. It’s also my escape.