OUTrunning in Glasgow for mental health & inclusion

Over 370 runners completed Saturday’s 5-mile OUTrun, organised by Glasgow FrontRunners – a Commonwealth Legacy 2014 partner and Scotland’s largest LGBT+ sports club.

OUTrun’s main aim was to promote participation in sport by holding a fun and inclusive sporting event open to all – no matter what their experience, capability or background.

But the event also had a more serious purpose: to promote exercise for its well-known mental health benefits and encourage the greater participation of LGBT+ people in sport.

As the club notes on their website, “Often people from the LGBT+ community feel sport is not for them. Glasgow FrontRunners are proud to be part of an effort to make a worthwhile change in these areas, and we organised OUTrun to raise awareness of these issues.”

With LGBT+ people also far more likely to suffer from ‘mental ill health, including depression, anxiety, eating disorder, self-harm and suicide ideation’, this year’s OUTrun raised funds for the Scottish Association for Mental Health (SAMH) through donations on the day and the GFR justgiving page.

The club chose to raise funds for the charity ‘because of the wonderful work they do in supporting all people suffering from mental ill health’.

The race around Kelvingrove Park and along the Kelvin Walkway was won by Jonathan Roebuck (MRF Running), in a time of 27.32. First female home was Toni MacIntosh (31.08).

Runners praised the event for being well-organised, friendly and welcoming – and having top-notch post-race cakes.

First FrontRunners home were Darren McQuade (28.47) and Ruth Crewe (32.44), both of Glasgow FrontRunners.

Image: Glasgow FrontRunners

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