The fifth annual LGBT 5k, organised by Northern Frontrunners, will return to Newcastle’s Town Moor on Friday July 15.
Open to all sections of the community, regardless of running ability, the event marks the start of the main stage weekend at leading LGBT festival, Newcastle Pride, which also features headline performances by 5ive and Heather Small.
Mark Nichols, Chair of Northern Pride which organisers Newcastle Pride, said: “The LGBT 5k is a fun-filled event for both novice and experienced runners alike.
“I would like to thank Northern Frontrunners for offering such a great start to Newcastle Pride and encourage anyone planning to attend the festival to sign up, help change the world and #beproud.”
The LGBT 5k, which covers a relatively flat route around the Town Moor, will be a UK Athletics licensed race, with professional chip timing and a medal for all finishers.
There are prizes on offer for the first male and female finishers, as well and individual and fancy dress prizes and a free goody bag for everyone taking part.
Proceeds from the event, which is open to over 16s only, will be donated to the Albert Kennedy Trust, which works to ensure that all lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans young people are able to live in accepting, supportive and caring homes across the UK.
Russell Deane, Chair of Northern Frontrunners, said: “The LGBT 5k is one of the highlights in Northern Frontrunners’ active social calendar and really fits in with the theme for this year’s Newcastle Pride festival, be yourself, change the world, #beproud.
“We want to see people from every part of the North East community donning their running shoes and helping us to support such a worthy cause as the Albert Kennedy Trust.”
Newcastle Pride, which is now in its 9th successive year, will be hosting free live music and entertainment for participants and spectators immediately after the LGBT 5k from 7pm until 9.15pm on Friday July 15.
This will be followed by a packed programme of performances and activities for all ages on both Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 July, with satellite events also taking place from June until the end of August.
Entry details for the LGBT 5k can be found at www.northernfrontrunners.co.uk, with places priced at £12 for UKA affiliated members and £14 for non-UKA members.
For more information about Newcastle Pride, including ticket options for those who want to guarantee a prime viewing spot, visit www.northern-pride.com