Meet the Runners: Steve
Welcome to "Meet the Runners", a new series of blog posts where we profile some of the many members of our LGBTQ+ running club in Manchester. Today we chat to Steve. He had run since childhood, and seeing members of the club one year at Manchester Pride, he was inspired to join us...
Name: Steve (he/him)
Fun fact: I'm a huge Madonna fan!
How long have you been running?
For as long as I can remember. I used to go along with my dad when I was a kid, I’d do the fun run while he was doing the longer half marathon distances. Running can be quite a lonely pastime so I started to look for a local running club to join and ended up contacting Manchester Frontrunners via their website.
What do you enjoy about running?
It’s a great way to get out there, explore new places, and keep fit (and it's cheaper than joining a gym)!
How did you find out about Manchester Frontrunners, and why did you want to join?
I’d seen the running club at Manchester Pride, both out and about and in the parade. It looked they were all having a great time, so I went along to one of their Thursday night runs and the rest is history!
What do you enjoy about being in the club?
I like the opportunity to meet people from all walks of life and diverse backgrounds, and of course, the social element of the club (such as the club holidays and training weekends) is an added bonus. Everyone is really friendly and welcoming.
Do you take part in any races?
Not as many as I used to, although I do still enter the odd 10K and half marathon, just to kep myself ticking over more than anything.
What are your favourite memories associated with the club?
It has to be the first time I took part in the Pride parade with the club. It's such an electric atmosphere along the route, and a great way to raise the profile of the club and celebrate pride.
Which running-related achievements are you most proud of?
Completing the London Marathon in 2017. It wasn't the first marathon I'd run, but I was lucky enough to secure a place through the club ballot. Such an incredible experience to run past such iconic landmarks and hear everyone cheering!
What are your running goals for the future?
For me, maintaining my fitness. I'm probably not going to do any more marathons, but doing the weekly club runs and the odd race is a good to maintain my running fitness.
Why do you think LGBTQ+ sports clubs like Manchester Frontrunners are important?
It’s a great opportunity to meet new people. The social side of the club is just as important as the running itself.