(she/her) Liverpool Area Activator, mountain hiking beach wanderer at heart, a surprised runner, and wild swimming wannabe.
The Liverpool Half Marathon and 10 Miler are a key date in the city's running calendar, and when a call came up for people to help with support on the day, we were very happy to step in. Our role was to run the 9 mile water station, just as the runners come up to Otterspool Prom to start their route back to the finish at Pier Head in the city centre. Jo was first on scene just before 8am to pick up the van keys from Alan, the race director, shortly afterwards joined by Steph, then Ro, Ema, Pauline and Mat. Among other things, we learned that it is much more efficient to decide on the final position for your tables BEFORE putting all the little water bottles out. However, with a bit of careful lifting we maneouvred the tables without too much drama. Then all we had to do was proudly display our GoodGym banner and wait for the first runners to come through. There was great teamwork today with Steph replenishing one table, Ro and Ema the other, Pauline directing people as they approached the area, Mat clearing away the empties, and Jo doing a bit of everything. By around 11.15 after nearly three hours and a lot of cheering, we were finished and ready to pack up and retreat to the nearby cafe for some well earned refreshment.
Ema just completed a six month streak of doing missions. That’s so many bags of garden rubbish cleared and jobs done to help someone out and put a smile on their face. Give Ema a cheer to encourage them to keep up the good work.
The Paper Cup Project works to support people who are sleeping rough or experiencing homelessness in Liverpool. They do incredible work getting food and clothing, medical support and, when possible, accommodation to people who need it most. Their next project is to open a cafe which will provide training and support for people wanting to get back into employment, as well as a safe place to access advice and information.
On a rainy evening eight GoodGymers came together to add a little bit of support to the project by scraping off old wallpaper, painting some walls, and up-cycling some stools. We had walkers, runners and cyclists amongst us, and set to working in the dim light (the cafe doesn't have full lighting yet!) with some of us getting more paint on ourselves than the walls!
A huge welcome back to Grace, everyone loved seeing you again!
We will be going back to the cafe to help again at some point, and most definitely to enjoy a cuppa and slice of cake once they are open.