“Joining Dublin Front Runners is one of the best things I’ve ever done in my ‘gay’ life,” says Eric
This article was originally published in GCN Issue 318 (June 2016), which is available to read online here.
Established in 2005, Dublin Front Runners are Ireland’s oldest LGBT running club, with a membership of around 180 people. Runners – and walkers too, since the establishment of a new walking group – of all abilities and ambitions meet weekly to train and socialise afterwards.
As they gear up for their annual Dublin Pride Run, and a training programe, Couch to 5k, to prepare untrained participants for the event, members of the club tell Ciara McGrattan what being a Dublin Front Runner means to them. Photos by Mattia Pelizzari.
“I wasn’t in a good place a couple of years back, but I just kept running and running. I have to say it completely got rid of all my demons.”
Sandra is a sporty 43 year-old who joined the club to meet other people. After playing football with Dublin’s Phoenix Tigers through the years, she decided to join the Dublin Front Runners in 2013 and says she hasn’t looked back since.
When she did her first 5K she though she would die (“I wasn’t running fit, I was soccer fit”) but within a couple of months, with training from the club, she was flying.
She is a strong believer in the crucial role of phyisical activity on positive mental health. She describes running as a “free medicine” and encourages anyone with mental health problems to get involved in sports. Sandra coaches the group’s Coach to 5K.