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Group of Manchester Frontrunners at Manchester Pride

Social Events

Running definitely forms the cornerstone of our club, but we also exist as part of the diverse LGBTQ+ community in Manchester. For that reason, there is a very strong social element to our running club. We host a variety of socials and other social activities regularly, from days and nights out in Manchester to trips abroad. Once you’re a member, you’ll get invitations and more information about these events on Spond, though we've included a calendar of some upcoming events on this page for the reference of members and potential members.

Post-Run Socialising

We socialise regularly after our Thursday and Saturday runs. A group of us usually goes to Via on Canal Street for some complimentary pizza after our Thursday run. On the last Thursday of every month, we go to a different bar or restaurant for our end-of-the-month social. On Saturdays, some of us go for brunch in Chorlton, usually at The Lead Station.

You don’t have to have run beforehand to come to either of these post-run socials, but if you’re not running, please let us know via the Spond event page if you plan on coming. In particular, please let us know via Spond before Friday lunchtime if you plan on joining us for brunch, as we need to provide exact numbers in advance.

Christmas Party
Post-Race Meals and Drinks

We regularly organise socials after local races that many members will have taken part in (e.g., Manchester Marathon, Great Manchester Run). These can range from sit-down meals to more casual drinks. Please note that there is no obligation for you to have raced in order to attend these socials.

 

Christmas Meal

We also host a Christmas party, consisting of a three-course meal at a restaurant in Manchester City Centre on a Saturday in December, and many of us go on for drinks afterwards.

Club Holiday

Every year, we organise a club holiday. This will usually be to a destination somewhere in Europe where a race is being held (usually one with 10K and half marathon distances available). Recent trips have included Bilbao (2022) and Brussels (2023), and our 2024 trip will be to Athens. While we organise accommodation and flights individually, we do organise a large club meal at some point, and of course, we do a myriad of additional activities together. All in all, it’s a great way to bond with other club members, and to enjoy some time away!

Training Weekends

Twice a year, we organise training weekends to other parts of the country, usually more rural places within a one or two hour drive of Manchester. We stay in a YHA hostel from Friday to Sunday, and we not only do a series of run (including a long run on the Saturday), but also other activities including yoga and walking. Like the club holidays, it’s a great way to bond with other club members. Previous destinations have included Ambleside, Castleton, and Conwy.

Manchester Pride

As with many an LGBTQ+ organisation in Manchester, the Pride weekend in late August is very important to us, and a chance for us to all come together. In particular, a large group of us takes part in the parade on the Saturday, all wearing club kit and showcasing the club in all its glory. After the parade, we usually go for drinks, a great way to catch up with other members.

In addition to the main Manchester Pride weekend, we also frequently have some presence at some of the smaller, grassroots Pride events in Greater Manchester (e.g., Salford Pride, Chorlton Pride).

Special socials for women, trans and non-binary members

Alongside our regular socials open to all members, we run special events for our non-cis male members, including female members (both cis and trans), as well as trans male and non-binary members. Past socials have included meals and bowling nights.

Calendar of Upcoming Events

Below is a list of upcoming club social events. Please note that this list is not exhaustive, and that any events may be subject to change or cancellation. Invites and further details can also be found on the member's area in Spond.

June 2024
  • Thurs 6th June: Club AGM

  • Thurs 27th June: Post-run Junkyard Golf

  • Sat 29th to Sun 30th June: Endure 24

August 2024
  • Sat 10th August: Prestwich Pride/Heaton Parkrun

  • Fri 23rd to Mon 26th August: Manchester Pride weekend

  • Sat 24th August: Manchester Pride parade

July 2024
  • Mid July: Vienna EuroGames

  • Sat 21st July: Mam Tor Hike

  • Thurs 25th July: End-of-month social meal (venue TBC)

Further Afield
  • Fri 14th to Sun 16th September: Training weekend, Hartington Hall

  • Early November: Club Holiday to Athens (race weekend of 9th/10th)

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