It's time for another instalment of our "Meet the Runners" series, where we chat to some of the members of our LGBTQ+ running club in Manchester. Today we have Alastair, who talks a little bit about how he has used running and being a member of Manchester Frontrunners to improve his well-being and to make friends.
Name: Alastair (he/him)
Fun fact: I did my work experience at school as a Butlins Redcoat at the Grand Hotel in Scarborough!
How long have you been running, and why did you start?
I started running to improve my mental health and well-being. I've been running for many years, since my early 20’s (I feel old!).
What do you enjoy about running?
I enjoy the post-run buzz and the clear head you get while running. It helps put everything into perspective, and I get my best ideas whilst running!
How did you find out about Manchester Frontrunners, and why did you want to join?
I found the club on the internet as I was looking to join a social group with like-minded people! It was a great way for me to meet people when I moved to Manchester last year.
What do you enjoy about being in the club?
The social activities and meeting new people, whilst keeping fit at the same time! Oh, and I love the annual club holidays too – an excuse for an extra party!
Do you take part in any races? If so, what is your favourite distance/type of race?
Yes, my favourite distance is the half marathon. Manchester Half is a great race – it's nice and flat!
My greatest running achievement is doing the London Marathon 2023 in 3 hours 25 mins! My marathon career is over (doing London nearly killed me!), so I'll now just stick to 10Ks and the odd half now, and just keep fit and active.
Why do you think LGBTQ+ sports clubs like Manchester Frontrunners are important?
Social activity and connections are the most important thing! It's about bringing people together! To anyone thinking of joining: go for it. Everyone is so friendly and welcoming, and there are so many extra activities you can get involved in, like cross country, annual club holidays and training weekends too! All so much fun!