About Edinburgh Frontrunners
Founded in 2013, Edinburgh Frontrunners is a primarily recreational and social running group. We provide a safe and welcoming running club for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex runners and their straight friends. Membership is open to anyone who supports the aims of the club, regardless of age, gender identity or expression, sexuality or running ability.
Edinburgh Frontrunners is affiliated with International Front Runners, a network of more than 100 like-minded running clubs in gay and lesbian communities around the world. We will also seek to affiliate with Scottish Athletics, giving us access to a range of benefits, including insurance and other supports.
EFR originated from a more informal club started by a group of friends at the University of Edinburgh. GURL (Gay Urban Running League) began in 2011, running once or twice a week. As word spread, they were joined by new members from outside the university community. This helped to sustain the group through the summer periods.
In the autumn of 2013, some regular GURL runners started looking for a way to formalise the club, add more runs and perhaps start entering teams in races and other events. Some had great experiences running with Frontrunners clubs in Vancouver, Manchester, Glasgow, Newcastle and other cities. Edinburgh Frontrunners was informally launched in October 2013, and formally constituted at the Inaugural General Meeting on 11 December 2013.
Since then EFR has become an established member of the global frontrunners community, regularly hosting international frontrunner visitors, and playing an active role in the local and national LGBTI+ community.
We've helped raise the visibility of the many types of diversity within the community, and shaped emerging rule changes in ScottishAthletics (and then UK Athletics). We also hold the first ever official ScottishAthletics permit for a race with the Non-binary category and we continue to advocate for inclusion and diversity whenever we get the opportunity, which won us the 2018 JogScotland Group of the Year Award for our advocacy and pioneering work.