(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.
Group Fitness Activities
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!
This month we will be going to Birkenhead parkrun as we had to cancel it in December due to weather and illness!
*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/volunteering 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 Birkenhead Hall parkrun team for this session then sign up here so we know to look out for you too, but you must contact the Birkenhead team firstname.lastname@example.org 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 near the starting point next to the trees just past the entrance to the park via Park Road West onto Park Drive (do check the w3w link to see exactly where) at 8:40am to say hi together and share a warm up and walk round to the starting point ready for the 9am run.
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!!)
Welcome to GoodGym Liverpool
We're a friendly and social group who combine exercise with helping out in the local community. We meet every Monday evening to get active and do a physical task to help the charities and community organisations and projects across the Liverpool City Region.
Most Group Runs will be lead one of our fabulous volunteer qualified Run Leaders, but watch out for ones listed as 'Social Runs' as this means no Run Leader is present but we still go out and run together keeping our 'no one left beind' GoodGym vibe in place!
Details to be confirmed, do check back for info!
We'll be meeting at the Suitcases on Hope Street for a warm up and a 2K - 5Krun (with walk option) to the task. What 3 Words meet up link
With the evenings still darker we advise you to dig out those hi viz clothes and head/chest torches if you have one! Run Safe.
If you prefer the walk option, or would rather meet us at the venue either leave a comment below or message Ema via our whatsapp group or email (email@example.com)
A crisp and slightly sunny December Sunday lunchtime, and a bunch of trestle tables in the yard of The Greenhouse Project on Lodge Lane was the perfect setting for our last Community Mission of 2021! It's one of our favourite annual Christmas tasks, wrapping Christmas Presents for the local kids, a great way to really get into the Christmas spirit!
With Christmas pop songs blasting from the radio, and a pile of paper, scissors and sellotape, we picked our stations and wrapped each present with Christmas dinosaur themed paper (who knew dinosaurs were for Christmas!) adding a name label to each present which the team at the Greenhouse Project had personally picked for each child.
In under an hour we had worked through the pile of presents and went off cycling, walking and running our way home.
// UPDATE: This task is now happening outdoors with a couple of tables on the patio area due to concerns around covid safety
For our last Community Mission of the year we will be going back to our old friends at the Greenhouse Project on Lodge Lane to help wrap Christmas presents for the local kids
The Greenhouse Project exists to enable Liverpool’s children, young people and their communities to access opportunities that support their creative development, understanding and celebration of diversity.
This task has been a GoodGym Liverpool Christmas favourite for the past few years so it's a really lovely one to finish on.
This is an indoor task and we are required to do a lateral flow test on the day of the task and wear facemasks. We have a large room to work in with doors and windows open for ventilation. We also ask that if you have had any covid symptoms or have been in contact with anyone with symptoms please do not attend the task without a PCR test.
I always enjoy getting outside for a run or walk on the Winter Solstice - making the most of the limited daylight and celebrating that from now on, the days will start getting longer again. And what better than to meet your GoodGym pals at sunrise to reflect on the year just passed!
We'll be meeting at Otters cafe on Otterspool Prom at about 8.15 am for a social ~ 5k out-and-back run/walk along the riverside, followed by breakfast at the cafe at about 9am. If you just want to join for breakfast, that's fine but please let me know so we aren't waiting in vain for you at the start of the run/walk. Likewise you are welcome to just come along for the run. Please note that this is a social event rather than a formal training session and there will be no run leader present.
The cafe has outdoor as well as indoor seating if people would prefer that - but do remember to bring a warm layer or two!
When the original task owner pulled out because of illness, it would have been easy to do nothing and stay warm and dry on the couch. Instead, we planned a run around the rather lovely Sefton park.
For a couple of us, the universe had other plans and by the time we got to 18:30, there were only two of us meeting at the Obelisk!
However, joined by Toby the trusty spaniel, myself and Jo battled through the rain and the dark and made it round in brilliant time. The company was great and we didn't even get too wet! I am looking forward to the next one!
We loved our evening run around Sefton Park so much we're doing it again! The park is a beautiful place to run around the outside ring of an evening and is always bustling with people going for runs so the energy has a buzz in the air.
//Join us for 4K or 8K circuit of Sefton Park, one lap or two it's up to you!
And as always there will also be a walking option through the meandering pathways, trees and lakeside if you prefer!
Please let Ema know in advance if you would prefer the walking option so this can be planned too
Everyone is welcome and we will have a back marker so no one is left behind.
As the nights are dark we advise everyone to wear some hi vis running gear, and bring a head or chest torch too, the pathways can often have leaves on them and may be muddy and slippy in places so do wear appropriate running shoes!
Meeting point is at the Obelisk on Aighburth Drive. What 3 Words location link
Once upon a time, on a cold December morning, an elf, a Santa ( who dressed on the bus) and a colourful personality met up at the port of Liverpool building thinking to themselves what the hell are we doing?!?
Santa met her friendly elf from the bus in Queens Square before skipping ( mostly because she was still trying to fix her pants) through town towards the waterfront.
Once the other Santa's started to arrive Ema, Pauline and myself were put to work directing the reds and blues to the start line ready for the Santa dash!
As the Santa's started to run through the start line, Pauline, Jess and myself joined in and completed the dash while Ema, Jo and Roz got ready.
Post dash (to which I finished first out of the group... yes its never going to happen again so I get to brag for once!), the magical six joined together like Santa's reindeers to help hand medals and selection boxes to the mini Santa's with the help of the cadets.
The scene was magical, there was snow( well bubbles), a live drumming band, Christmas music playing, characters on stilts, Santa's everywhere and lots of smiles from young and old.
Another great day, a great cause, bling for the dashers and as always great company. Lots of smiles, lots of dancing and lots of laughs. It's official. Christmas has come to Liverpool!
Jo and Sallyann arrived to assemble a flat pack storage cabinet for Mr S.
Mr S welcomed us and was interested in knowing how Goodgym started. We initially rearranged and sorted some items in the room so that the cabinet could be assembled in situ before unpacking the cabinet. It came with a LOT of screws all mixed together in one bag which was strangely satisfying to sort into different pots all the different types and confirm that we had the right amount of the right types.
Now to start to build the cabinet..... sadly every single screw hole in the flat pack was larger than the screws so with the best will in the world the cabinet was not going to be able to be built. We were so disappointed but Mr S assured us that he didn't want it be paced up to be sent back he would have a think and work out a way so asked for us to stack the pieces for another day. He thanked us for the rearrangements we had made in the room and mentioned how nice it was to chat.
Sometimes the flat pack gremlins don't let the task go ahead as planned but it never means that the visit was a wasted trip