We survived the EARLY alarm to make it to our Oxford Half energy station before the road closures kicked in at 8am.
We had PowerBar isotonic drink to hand out to runners at roughly the halfway point of the run. With 2 hours to set up a little over 6000 drinks we breezed through the preparation.
It was fun to hand out the drinks (some very mixed reactions to the lemon flavour!), cheer everyone on, and give an extra loud 'woop' to our GoodGym buddies.
We were all packed down and finished by midday - a little cold and sticky, but feeling inspired!
We've been asked to tackle a few tasks at the top of South Park to make it safer and more pleasant for everyone.
Jobs will include:
* Raking up fallen leaves.
* Clearing the park railings of ivy (revisiting our first ever GoodGym task!).
The ivy covering the railings is a safety issue at this end of the park - since the park is open 24 hours it would be much safer for people using the path if they could see into the park before entering, particularly in the dark.
* Litter picking along Morrell Avenue/Cheney Lane.
Bring your gardening gloves and head torches. We'll bring the GoodGym litter pickers and lights, and the Distillery will provide some other tools.
The Oxford Artisan Distillery has offered a complimentary G&T or soft drink to all GoodGymers taking part in this task. Please wear your GoodGym Tshirt if you have one so it's easy to identify who is a GoodGym volunteer.
* Anyone wishing to run or walk to the task as a group please meet in the car park of the Richard Benson Hall, 276b Cowley Rd at 6pm. There won’t be a bag drop available but we can use the toilets there. It's under a mile to the top of South Park from there. NB: due to the social after the task there won't be a run back to Cowley Road this week.
* If you would prefer to meet at the task please meet us at 6:15pm outside the gate of The Oxford Artisan Distillery.
Cherwell Larder’s food growing project Harvest@Home are having some ‘do days’ at their garden sites this autumn. We’ve been asked to help out at Hazel Walk Allotments for a couple of hours.
Bring your gardening gloves, other tools will be supplied.
Location: Hazel Walk Allotments, Kidlington OX5 1ED. We dismantled and delivered a greenhouse there earlier this year. Location pin is here.
In a change of activity for a Monday evening we met for an evening of apple picking at the Warneford orchard instead of our usual Monday walk.
We stretched and climbed, and used some expert hand-eye coordination to loop apples down with litter pickers (surprisingly good for this task!) and apple picking poles. The apples were a mix of eaters and cookers, and should make a delicious blend for juice.
We filled 3.5 crates with apples, which will be pressed into apple juice and sold to benefit Warneford Hospital.
Welcome to Oxford Kieran - good to meet you!
If you fancy volunteering in Oxford, cheering your fellow runners along, and earning yourself a free or discounted place for a Limelight Sports Event next year race next year, this is the opportunity for you!
Help keep the runners spirits up at the Oxford Half with cheers or by helping on a water station: An opportunity to spread some real GG love to runners along the course.
In return you’ll receive FREE ENTRY for you or a friend to a Limelight Sports running event next year - Asics London 10k, Hackney Half Marathon, or Oxford Half Marathon - or a 50% discount off entry into London Duathlon, Blenheim Triathlon or London Triathlon 2022.
Details of volunteering:
Time: 07:30 –13:00
Location: They would like us to volunteer on Aid Station 2, which is the energy station.
We will be based in Marston, at around mile 7.5. The meeting point is Marston Ferry Road, junction with Oxford Road, Oxford OX3 0PH. They've asked us to be there by 7:30am (but to be honest, the race doesn't start until 9:30am, so although we'll have some prep to do before the runners come through I think the meeting time is so early because there will be road closures after that time. Let me know if you think you'll be arriving a bit later than that.).
So that Oxford Half organisers know who to expect, and so that they can keep in touch with you to send you your code for a free entry for next year (in due course), we all need to sign up on Rosterfy. If you've never registered on the Rosterfy website before use this link to sign up.
If you already have a Rosterfy account then login, Select 'Apply Now' on Oxford Half Marathon, then click through to the 2nd page of shifts and 'apply' for Aid Station 2 - Energy'.
We will all need to do a lateral flow test in the 24 hours before the race and register the result on the NHS website. You will be asked to show the text or email confirming a negative result.
* Cheer on runners!
* Setting up all tables in the designated position.
* Setting out water bottles/energy bars/energy drinks on the tables.
* Handing out water/energy drink/energy bars to runners as they pass.
* Replenishing the tables as items are handed out.
* Tidying the water station after the final runner has passed.
We'll be provided with a volunteer Tshirt to wear, but do layer up, as you will be outside for several hours.
They normally provide a packed lunch for volunteers, however if you have any dietary requirements I suggest you make sure you bring some snacks in case the food isn't appropriate for you.
Controversial: an apple picking Monday instead of a walk!
There is an orchard along the side of the Warneford Hospital site, and the hospital has a partnership with Tiddly Poms to use the apples to make a Warneford-brand apple juice. The juice will be sold to benefit the hospital charity. We have been asked to help by picking the apples (carefully! we need to avoid any bruises).
We will have the use of 2 picking poles, and several litter pickers (surprisingly handy for apple picking), but as ever please bring your own gardening gloves if you have them.
We will meet by the garden shed at Warneford Hospital. Head into the main hospital entrance off Roosevelt Drive, up towards reception and left at the mini roundabout. The shed is beside the staff car park.
Wow, Milly has completed a 12 month mission streak. That means they've cleared gardens, moved furniture and changed light bulbs in spring, summer, autumn and even winter. Show your support and give them a massive cheer!
This our 2nd session at Oxfam Superstore. Last time we mostly worked behind the scenes sorting and pricing up donations of clothes, DVDs and homewares. We also put a few things out on display and were fed plenty of tea and biscuits!
The Oxfam Superstore shop will be open to the public from 10:30am. We will meet at the main entrance to the Oxfam Superstore, and will need to complete a short Health and Safety briefing before getting stuck in. Please wear your GoodGym Tshirt if you have one (helps identify us as volunteers rather than shoppers - the Oxfam regular volunteers wear their Oxfam Ts). Masks will be required.
If you are driving to the task please park at Harley Davidson, next door to the Oxfam Superstore, so that the Oxfam parking is kept clear for customers.