🐕 12 excellent GoodGymmers (including 3 Pauls), a child, a baby and a dog got up VERY early to set up and run the Mile 3 of the Yorkshire Marathon and 10 mile
👏 We welcomed Paul for his very first good deed with us. Hope you had fun and we'll hopefully see you again soon.
🧷 Paul was our de facto leader, having been the only one there early enough (keen bean) to oversee the arrival of our water supplies and equipment. These included safety pin signs and what may or may not have been the finish sign, but no water station flags. So we just had to hope that the tables of water and yellow-bibbed marshalls were obvious enough for the runners to spot and get the hint.
💧 Our official supervisor got stuck in Leeds so, given the expertise and professionalism that GoodGym York is renowned for, we were trusted to run the water station unsupervised.
🚰 We quickly set to work putting out the bottles of water. Ellie came up with a bottle-arranging system to avoid too much bottle-knocking carnage. Leanne did a test run as a runner speeding past and deemed it suitable. The system was taken on by other tables to a greater or lesser extent and we were quickly set up and raring to go.
🍪 Time for a biscuit break and a little trip by some to use the facilities of the Gover household, partly to admire their lovely cat (speaking for myself anyway!) 🐈
🏃♀️🏃 In no time, the first marathon runners came speeding through and after that, we were kept busy re-stocking the water tables and playing Spot the GoodGymmer, with much pride and affection for our red- (and other-) topped runners.
🧹 Once everyone was through, it was time to pack up, which was a relatively simple job. Fortunately, someone was on hand to take lots of the spare water bottles to Your Cafe
🏆 After a group photo, some of us went to the bottom of the hill to cheer our excellent runners at the end of the race too, with the added volume from the Griffins' cow bells. Absolutely superb effort from everyone, runners and water station-ers - so much to be proud of.
On a dark, but warm autumn evening seven GoodGymers met to eat some cake together. After two slices each and nice time chatting we were ready to go home... JUST KIDDING... however chocolate brownies were served this evening.
We arrived at OLQM to be welcomed by Bob, the caretaker, who had a selection of tools waiting for us.
I thought I will be here on my own'- Bob
When I arrived 5 minutes before the task start Bob was becoming concerned that we are not coming, however I reassured him that we are a punctual bunch. Few minutes later the whole team assembled ready for the task briefing.
First part of the task was to trim overgrown lavender, dig over soil and remove rocks in readiness for stage two which included barrowing fresh top soil, topping up flower beds and planting tulip and daffodil bulbs.
We had such a good time chatting and neither the Yorkshire Marathon nor the 12 k's of Christmas challenge was mentioned, no way ... who would want to talk about it ;) , that we were carried away and did a bit of overtime.
With just over 1 hour on the clock and all the bulbs in soil we were ready for the second slice of chocolate brownie and a team photo before offering our services for the future and saying good bye to our host.
Our Lady's Queen of Martyrs Primary School asked us to help with the garden at the school entrance. They plan to plant some bulbs for the spring and require the garden to be dug over and old soil replaced.
A team of 6 to 8 people should make it happen in 40, 45min tops.
Please bring your gardening gloves and a head torch as it will be dark already.
Meet at the school entrance from Hamilton Drive.
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