Matt completed a community mission. Instead of watching TV or lying in bed, Matt was out there making their community a better place to be. For making that choice they have earned the community cape.
On a cold and blustery Saturday morning, it was great to have Matt along to help with another successful Edgbaston Reservoir Parkrun. This morning we welcomed 197 runners to this ever growing Birmingham course. Matt took the role of Marshaling at one of the key pinch points, close to the sailing club and I was helping giving out finishing tokens. All the runners seemed to enjoy the morning, despite the windy conditions! Once the final tail walker crossed the line, it was time for a nice breakfast and warm cuppa.
Join in with making parkrun happen and raise the profile of Goodgym among local runners. There are several parkruns across and just outside the city, so look at the links below to choose one close and convenient to you and find out how to volunteer. You will need to send a message to the email address on the page for the parkrun you want to volunteer at, with your parkrun barcode to let them know you are able to volunteer.
I will be usually volunteering at Perry Hall so the address reflects this, the address of all individual parkruns can be found on their pages.
All parkruns have a similar structure, with a run director and a volunteer team who will make sure you are prepared for all you need to do to help.
You will have a full briefing of the mornings events and how to best support everyone participating at parkrun.
Tasks are varied and include: marshalling, scanning, giving out & sorting finish tokens, tail - walker and many more. All of the tasks are explained in full, easy to do and the tasks are a fun insight into how parkrun actually runs every Saturday!
The volunteering role usually finishes around 10-10:30am.
Sign up here to show you are volunteering and I will collate a run report. Let me know by posting any words or pictures into the Whatsapp group or to email@example.com and I will add them to the report.
Matt is part of a crowd that's making a huge noise. Matt has been cheered by 25 people - that's a round of applause just on their own. We hope they keep it up.
On what seemed like the wettest evening in living memory, four GoodGymers braved the rain to go for a litter pick on our adopted section of the canal.
We ran down to Livery Street and joined our adopted section of the canal. The canal was a lot cleaner than its been on previous visits we've made, which shows the good work we have been doing alongside the Canal and River Trust to keep on top of this area.
As there wasn't much litter to pick from our adopted section, we carried on picking litter up to the point where we left the bags at Aston Lock, before we ran back to the warm, dry 1000 Trades.
Thanks to everyone for your effort tonight, despite the weather - well done!
We will be back on the canal this week. It will involve meeting at 1000 Trades in the upstairs room, before running out onto the Canal to complete a litter pick, before a fitness session.
Walkers are welcome to join and you can set off to the canal just before the runners :)
Please bring a head torch as it will be a little dark after 7pm.
Everyone is welcome, remember nobody is left behind.
Matt is a now a pretty committed GoodGym runner. They've just run to do good for the fifth time
This week as if with myself being one Yorkshireman wasn't enough, we had another, yes it was fantastic to meet Michael from GG York enjoy the Brum canals with us.
Tonight's task was to firstly spot the Sustrans National Cycle network signs and secondly clean them. We headed off along the canal all the way to Spaghetti junction, meeting our walking group of Amy, Melanie and Nadia at Aston Lock. They walked North to clean some signs and we ran further to clean the signs up towards Spaghetti. This week's pun came from Jamila, we did have one from Matt, but on running back i've forgot what it was! Anyway i'm sure it's a popular pun for Ace of Base fans!
Once reaching Spaghetti we saw the most amazing sunset, I just had to take a picture! Then the group headed back with Balal, literally running into the sunset! That was a good 10km covered in total, so well done team :)
We will be running along the canal beyond Aston Lock towards Spaghetti junction where we will be locating and cleaning the Sustran blue bike signs.
Please bring a cloth if possible and if anybody has a cleaning spray we can use that’ll be great.
Please bring a head torch as it may get a little dark on the way back.
If you would like to just join us for the task please meet us underneath Aston Railway station at 7pm :)
Well tonight was certainly a rather warm evening for GoodGym Brum, so it was great to have a gardening task!
It was lovely to meet Yvette for her first GG group run, I don't think you could have picked a better evening, that's for sure!
We met Josie, from the JQ Trust and headed to the cemetry. Our job was to chop down some buddleia which apparently is loved by butterfly's, but not very good for them! Hence why we became butterfly Personal Trainers for the night. In small groups the buddleia was chopped down, then dragged to a pile (see picture with the group in front of a pile of it). Once done the walking group headed back with Josie and the runners got running!
Liam led the group on a 4k run taking in the Soho Loop, continuing to Brindley Place, then back to 1000 Trades. Done for another week and everyone certainly deserved a cold drink of some description.