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9 GoodGymers made their way to help their local community in Hounslow.

  • Michelle
  • Harvey Gallagher
  • Luis
  • Emily Oldfield
  • Jonathan
  • Lucy Hill
  • Holly
  • Hammersmith and Fulham runner
  • Hammersmith and Fulham runner
Saturday, 3rd of June 2023
Led by Anastasia Hancock

GoodGym can be a total drag sometimes… But in a good way!

Nine of West London’s finest GoodGymmers were helping out on Saturday at the inaugural West London Queer Project Pride Month 10k walk, in aid of the Motor Neurone Disease Association. Two good causes to help out with then!

Our role for the day was to Marshall the walking route, and make sure the 250 or so walkers made their way along the Thames path and back safely. The walk started at Furnivall gardens, and along Hammersmith bridge, cheered along by Holly and Analiese, down to Barnes bridge where the pair that were Divya and Luis made sure no one got ran over. Then it was along to Chiswick before crossing over at Chiswick bridge (excellently marshalled by Emily), before being redirected along the Thames path by Michelle and Harvey, back to the north side of Barnes bridge where Jonny directed the walkers along to Dukes Meadows. The final Marshall Lucy stood at the 8k mark and helped motivate the walkers along for the final 2 kilometres (‘only 2k left til the pub!’).

As the final walkers passed by each Marshalling point, the Marshalls moved along, and there was soon a party of us finishing the walk with the tail walkers and reaching the Black Lion to the Pride Party already in full swing!

The walk was done, the buckets were filled for motor neurone disease, and there was a Drag Queen inviting us in to the pub garden to celebrate the day. We changed from our red GoodGym shirts into rainbow patterned pride shirts, and the only task we had to do now was to eat, drink, sing along, dance and enjoy the drag acts!

What a gay day, and we were very proud to support pride and be a part of a wonderful day. Thanks West London Queer Project!

Report written by Lucy Hill

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