World AIDS day is an international event dedicated to raising awareness of HIV and AIDS. As Scotland’s largest LGBT sports club, Glasgow FrontRunners had an opportunity to help our members and friends better understand HIV and AIDS while encouraging everyone out for a Sunday morning run.
This past Sunday Glasgow FrontRunners held their inaugural Red Run where runners were encouraged to wear red (the traditional colour of HIV awareness, so the redder the better!) and take part in a 5k group run along Glasgow’s Forth and Clyde Canal.
Cheered on by a group of spectators, 36 runners took to the canal supported by jogscotland Jog Leaders. The morning’s strenuous activities were followed by a bake sale where the club raised over £230.
We were delighted to have Sandra Anderson from Terrence Higgins Trust in Glasgow join us to tell us more about the charity and offer the runners support on the morning. It was also great to see representation from fellow FrontRunner clubs in Edinburgh and London joining us for the first time.
The run was organised by club Committee member Eamonn Butler as our contribution into helping the wider community understand more about HIV and AIDS.
“Although HIV isn’t the terminal illness it was in the 1980s, it is still life changing for those diagnosed and for their families and friends. We believe that it doesn’t have to be that way and that we can all play a role in beating the virus. Regular testing and accepting that HIV is nothing to be ashamed of will make a difference. Just as importantly, HIV doesn’t have to be a barrier to a healthy and active life. Running is an important part of that.”
Kiera Ridge, Community Fundraising Manager at Terrence Higgins Trust, said: “We’re thrilled Glasgow FrontRunners have chosen our charity to benefit from their first Red Run. This kind of community event is vital, not only for raising funds but also much-needed awareness of an often misunderstood issue. We couldn’t be more grateful.”
World AIDS Day is an international event that has been running since 1988 and is dedicated to raising awareness of HIV and AIDS.
Runners assemble, including Edinburgh and London FrontRunners members
Eamonn from GFR who organised the event and Sandra from Terrence Higgins Trust
All our runners leave the Arc Gym
And head along towards the Forth and Clyde Canal
While a generally flat route, we did have one hill to contend with
Creating quite a picture against the still waters
We did say “The Redder The Better”…
Final sprints back to the gym
And a cool down to prepare us all for what was to follow
Some World AIDS Day themed cupcakes
Which inspired some very generous donations to the cause – thanks everyone!