Jo G

(she/her) Once a proper runner, Jo is now mostly to be found plodding along at the back of the pack. Officially ace at recognising weeds.

Liverpool

TaskForce

138Good deeds

294runs

1,601cheers

TaskForce achievements

22

Community Missions
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1

Group Runs
back marked

4

Walking Groups
led

26

Run reports
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1

Run reports
photographed
Jo G went on a group run
Group run
Liverpool

A peony for your thoughts

Mon 13 Sep
Report written by John Connaghan

A team of 11 Goodgym walkers and runners set out to brighten up the SANCTUARY Yarden.

Gathering around the Suitcases, the energy was bubbling as new and old Goodgym members met. It was brilliant to have Frances join us, returning to help this brilliant charity. After a top to toe warm up, we headed off. Pauline leading the walking group and the runners taking a scenic route to admire the Wigwam and Giraffe buildings before rendevousing in Crown St Park. Selfies and parading complete the team met the wonderful Maddie who had everything ready to go. A mix of clearing top soil, weeding and emptying soil commenced with the team working slickly. Two planters were completely revived with fresh compost and the rest were weeded and topped. The difference was considerable and left the Yarden looking much more fitting of the place name.

Well done team for the great effort, thanks to Pauline for walk leading and photos and to Steph for the pun!

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Jo G went on a community mission
Community mission
Liverpool

Water terrific team!

Sun 12 Sep
Report written by Jo G

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.

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Jo G signed up to a group run
Group run
Liverpool

Planting bulbs, herbs and wildflower seeds

Mon 27 Sep 18:30 pm
Hope Street Hotel, 40 Hope St, Liverpool , L1 9DA
Helping the Women's Hospital develop nature spaces on their land

Welcome to GoodGym Liverpool

We're a friendly and social group who combine exercise with helping out in the local community. We meet every week to get active and do a physical task to help the charities and community organisations and projects across the Liverpool City Region.

The Task We are starting a series of sessions over the next year working with the NHS Recovery Ranger at a selection of Liverpool Hospitals, to help create beautiful spaces for nature and people to recover and thrive, turning patches of grass into wildflower meadows, planting trees and making some magic happen!

This session is at the Women's Hospital and we will be planting flowers and herbs.

The Run (and walk)

GoodGym is for everyone. We welcome runners of all abilities and always have a walking option too if that's more preferable for you. We always have a back-marker so no-one is left behind - we're about achieving something together so you'll always be welcome no matter what your pace is.

We'll be meeting at the Suitcases on Hope Street, details of the run/walk to follow! What 3 Words location link

The run/walk starts at 6:30pm so please arrive a little early ready to start on time.

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Jo G signed up to a group run
Group run
Liverpool

Sorting out planters for Sanctuary Family Support

Mon 13 Sep 18:30 pm
Hope Street Hotel, 40 Hope St, Liverpool , L1 9DA
Developing a little oasis for families and people in recovery

Welcome to GoodGym Liverpool

We're a friendly and social group who combine exercise with helping out in the local community. We meet every week to get active and do a physical task to help the charities and community organisations and projects across the Liverpool City Region.

The Task

We're going back for our third visit to this amazing charity, having first helped out at Sanctuary Family Support back in the summer of 2019 fixing up their kitchen and outside space, and visited once again in July this year.

We're back again to help finish off restoring their gorgeous Yarden back to it's pre-lockdown glory. Creating a much needed oasis of calm for people living with and recovering from addiction.

Sanctuary Family support is a confidential service for Substance misusers and family members 18 and over. We provide 1-1 support, counselling, outreach, holistic therapies, drug education & information, workshops, family cohesion activities during summer holidays.

The Run (and walk)

GoodGym is for everyone. We welcome runners of all abilities and always have a walking option too if that's more preferable for you. We always have a back-marker so no-one is left behind - we're about achieving something together so you'll always be welcome no matter what your pace is.

We'll be meeting at the Suitcases on Hope Street, details of the run/walk to follow! What 3 Words location link

The run/walk starts at 6:30pm so please arrive a little early ready to start on time.

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Jo G went on a mission
Mission
Liverpool

A brighter outlook for Mrs V

Sat 4 Sep
Report written by Jo G

A sunny Saturday afternoon, following on from a fab GoodGym turnout at Princes parkrun, saw me cycling to Mrs V's house to get her ground floor windows clean. She was well equipped with bucket and cloths, and it didn't take long to get them sparkling again. We chatted about her lovely front patio garden, which has for many years been admired by neighbours and passers-by - but the back garden, mostly laid to lawn, needs a bit of TLC which she can't manage these days due to multiple disabilities. I hope that we'll be able to make a return visit sometime to help her again.

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Jo G has run a race with GoodGym for the first time. Sat 4 Sep 2021

Jo has done their first race with GoodGym. Performing on the day is a lot of pressure; Jo's dealt with the nerves and turned up on the day to make it happen.

Jo G went on a race
Race
Liverpool

8 GoodGymers and a dog

Sat 4 Sep
Report written by Ema Quinn

We began our monthly GoodGym does parkrun tour with eight of us and Penny Flo (furry GoodGymer) at Princes Park parkrun Amongst us were 6 seasoned parkruners and two discovering the joy of all things parkrun for the very first time.

With a mild and dry day it was perfect running weather and the Princes Park team where joyous and supportive as always. 2 and a half laps round the park, taking in the wildflowers and the wildlife, including the birds on the lake, the squirrels hiding in the trees, and all the barkrun dogs (with some more eager to run than others)

Five of us run and three walked, with finishing times ranging from 24:08 to 58:46 as just like GoodGym, parkrun is for everyone!

A huge congratulations to Steph and Phillip for there first parkrun, hopfully of many to come!

The next of our monthly parkruns will be on October 2nd at Crosby

And we will also be starting a GoodGym Volunteer Takover once a quarter to help support the amazing volunteers teams at our local parkruns, so keep an eye on the listings to get involved.

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Jo G signed up to a mission • Window cleaning for Mrs V
Sat 4 Sep
Jo G signed up to a race
Race
Liverpool

GoodGym Liverpool Does parkrun! (Princes Park)

Sat 4 Sep 08:45 am
Princes Park, (meet at the Devonshire Road West entrance/ the NW gate), Liverpool, L8 3TH
Starting off our monthly lets all do parkrun together events!

parkrun is a free, weekly, timed 5K run happening in parks and beaches and running tracks all around the world every Saturday morning, and anyone can run, walk or volunteer at any event.

Many of you will already be active parkrun runners and volunteers, and many of you may never have gone to one before, but we thought it would be fun to have once a month GoodGym Liverpool get together to enjoy/explore the various parkruns we have in Merseyside, (and maybe even occasionally further afield for a bit of parkrun tourism). It's also a great chance to come and join in with us if you've never been to a parkrun before.

The beauty of parkrun is that it doesn't matter if you are a serious runner or have never ran before, you can do the 5K however you like (walk, hop, boogie, plod, run like billy-o), you can also volunteer to help marshal the runners round the route, scan tokens, cheer everyone on etc. So wherever you are at with fitness/desire to run you can join us and be part of GoodGym Does parkrun!

To start us of we will be going to Princes Park parkrun

Important bits...

*If you haven't done this one before, all the information you need is on their website linked above.

*If you haven't done any parkrun before and you want to get a time for your run/walk then you will need to register with this link to get a barcode. it's free and all the information you need is on their website, but you can also ask us in the comments on this listing if you have any questions!)

*If you want to run/walk you can just sign up here so we know to look out for you

*If you want to volunteer with the Princes Park parkrun team for this session then sign up here so we know to look out for you too, but you must contact the Princes Park team to to sign up with them as a volunteer for the morning and follow their instructions for meeting up for the volunteers briefing.

We'll be meeting just inside the Devonshire Road/Belvedere Road entrance at 8:45am ready for the 9am run. What 3 Words Location Link

Do wear your GoodGym t-shirts (if you have one!)

Newcomers really welcome, we never leave anyone behind!!

(and yes, we know, parkrun isn't a race!!)

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Jo G went on a community mission
Community mission
Liverpool

Getting back on track

Sun 22 Aug
Report written by John Connaghan

Coming together to do up this miniature railway, none of us stayed Station-ary for very long! Our task was to help in anyway to restore the railway grounds to a usable condition again. Arthur greeted us at the gate and explained how Covid and a fire had impacted operations. With many areas needing TLC (train loving care) we scoped it out, choochoosed a tool and got to work. A bed full of weeds, some tree clearing, pathway weeding, timber flower bed repairs, timber sawing and raking out. We conducted our work with aplomb. Nothing was going to derail us. It was a great way to let off some steam at the end of a week and we’ve a return ticket in the bag.

Well done to Steph and Pauline for their long distance travels to make it. It was great to have Tony back and sawing the logs ready for the fire, Ben getting us from the best angles(check out social media pages soon) , Libby coming up with the best pun whilst tree clearing, Ruth clearing the bed of weeds, Steph raking the soil clear of weeds, Jess and Lee clearing and repairing the timber flower beds, Roz and Emma clearing the walkways, Eimear and Jo clearing the trees and Matt digging.

You made a big impact and we’ve given the miniature railway group further and hope. With a return journey we could bring it closer to …. getting back on track

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