A LEADING Scottish courier firm is helping to make a difference after donating to one of the country’s largest sports clubs for the LGBT community.
Bathgate-based Eagle Couriers has donated £200 to Glasgow FrontRunners – an award-winning road-running group with strong links to Glasgow’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.
Based at The Arc Sports Complex at Glasgow Caledonian University, the group runs three nights a week, with 30 to 50 runners of varying abilities taking part.
Jack Kelly, Mens Club Captain of Glasgow FrontRunners, said: “We are thrilled to receive the donation from Eagle Couriers. We met members of its staff at a Park Run event and hit it off from there.
“The cash will help us to continue to provide a group that not only focuses on the health benefits of running but also offers a social opportunity to build and create friendships – whether or not you are part of the LGBT+ community.
“We have many different types of people who take part in our runs of varying levels. Our group is all inclusive, anyone is welcome – we have everyone from serious runners to first timers and those who just want to run a weekly 5K.
“Our most recent challenge was the Isle of Skye Half Marathon. We had a team of over 20 runners attend and all the training really paid off.”
As well as the group recently taking on the Isle of Skye Half Marathon on Saturday 9th June, the Glasgow FrontRunners will also take part in OUTrun in Kelvingrove Park, Glasgow on Saturday 18th August.
OUTrun is a five-mile, timed event with a route that mixes flat paths and small hills. Organised by Glasgow FrontRunners, the event is an inclusive sporting event that is open to all and it aims to raise awareness of the lack of LGBT+ community involvement.
Jack added: “OUTrun is our big yearly event that attracts around 450 people.
“Usually the event falls at the same time as Glasgow Pride, but this year is a slight exception, taking place on Saturday 18th August.
“Our charity partner for OUTrun this year is the Scottish Association of Mental Health (SAMH) – a very fitting cause as mental health issues are more prominent in the LGBT+ community than any other.
“We are looking forward to hosting another successful event this year and welcome anyone who is interested in signing up and getting involved.”
Glasgow FrontRunners is part of a global organisation spanning North America and Europe. Glasgow’s group is the second biggest in the UK, promoting the visibility of LGBT people in sport.
Speaking of their donation to the group, Jerry Stewart, Co-Director of Eagle Couriers, said: “The work that Glasgow FrontRunners is doing to integrate LGBT people into sports communities is fantastic.
“We hope that our donation will help towards expanding the group further and raising awareness, while allowing those who may not have had the confidence before to join in and get running.”
Find out more about Glasgow FrontRunners at www.glasgowfrontrunners.org