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Newcastle Frontrunners LGBT5K Running Festival - 5k and Childrens Race

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Date and time

07:00 pm

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Event Location

The Boat House, Exhibition Park, Claremont Road, Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear, NE2 4PZ

Event ID#


5k Race Starts 7.00pm - Childrens Race Starts 6.00pm

Event Description

NFR Festival 2023 Final Colour


Newcastle Frontrunners LGBT5k Festival of Running

Our first annual run started out as a Gay 5K back in 2012 being renamed as the LGBT5k the following year. As entrants increased it morphed into the LGBT5k Festival of Running with our first children's race and a relay in addition to the traditional 5k back in 2018. In 2020 the event became virtual due to the Covid-19 pandemic but after celebrating our 10th anniversary with an in-person event in 2021, we have continued to successfully host in-person events on the opening night of Northern Pride weekend. Adults (inc. those age 11 and over on race day) are invited to run in the 5k, while children can enter the 1 mile race.
Registration will be online only
Entries close 11:55pm Sunday 9th July
UK Athletics Event Licence
Start Time
Friday 21st July 2023
Children’s Race starts at 6.00pm
5K starts at 7.00pm
Entry Limits, Age and Time Restrictions
5k - 600 participant limit (age 11 and over on 21 July 2023 for 5K)
Children's race - 100 participant limit 
Participants can run or walk the 5K adult race or the 1 mile childrens’ race. The event will be to promote having fun, support and celebrate the LGBT+ community. We encourage fancy-dress!
We will have a tail walker to ensure that everyone has finished the course safely. 
If you're on social media, follow our Facebook and Instagram pages for more updates and previews of the route. Hashtag your training pics with #LGBT5k as we love to see them! 
Feel free to contact us on if you have any questions that are not answered here or on the bookings and FAQ pages.
Entry Costs
£16 (Non-affiliated participants) + booking fee
£14 (Affiliated participants) + booking fee
Children's Race
£5 + booking fee
Is there a medal?
All participants receive a medal and a goody bag
Best Individual Fancy Dress
Best Team Fancy Dress
5K 1st, 2nd and 3rd Place for each category (Male, Female, Non-Binary)
Childrens’ Race – Best Fancy Dress
Deferrals, Transfers & Refunds Policy
Whilst we have a no refunds and no deferrals policy, you will be able to transfer your place to another runner. Please see FAQ page for procedure. The deadline for transfer requests is the 10th July 2023.
Race HQ
There will be race HQ on the day at the Boat House in Exhibition Park for race number collection and bag drop. (see map link below)
The bag drop will be staffed by volunteers from Newcastle Frontrunners Club
What 3 words
Starting and finishing on the Town Moor, behind the Wylam Brewery building, just a few minutes walk from the race HQ. The course uses surfaced tarmac and gravel paths.
Facilities on the day
Portable toilets available next to the start/finish area
A small bottle of water will be included within the finish-line goody bag (please ensure you have hydrated before the event)
We are hoping to make arrangements with Urban Green Café in Exhibition Park to remain open throughout the event for a range of food and refreshments
Newcastle Frontrunners charity of the year - Rainbow Home
We plan to donate a proportion of any profit raised from the LGBT5K festival to our chosen charity, Rainbow Home.
Rainbow Home supports LGBT+ people in the North East who are seeking asylum having fled their countries due to persecution for being lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or other members of the LGBTQ community.
If you would like to find out more, or make a donation to the charity please see the Rainbow Home website



Event Terms

Please enter me for the above event. I accept that the organiser will not be liable for any loss, damage, action, claim, cost or expenses which may arise in the consequence of my participation in or attendance to this event. I declare that I will not attend unless I am in good health on the day of the event and accept that I attend at my own risk. In the unlikely event of abandonment or cancellation, all or part of my entry fee may be retained for the management and administration of the event.

Further information from the Organiser

You should collect your race pack/number/item at the venue on the day of the event. Please arrive in good time.

Event Organiser

Name: Jo Morrissey

Link to events website:

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Newcastle Frontrunners LGBT5K Running Festival - 5k and Childrens Race

The Boat House, Exhibition Park, Claremont Road, Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear, NE2 4PZ

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