Running for my mental health, my fitness and to meet the amazing people who make Birmingham great!
Miriam has already done 25 good deeds with GoodGym. Instead of doing anything else, they've used their run to go and help people that need their help; digging, lifting, scraping, clearing, planting and weeding. Stuff that makes this a better place to be.
On another glorious Saturday morning, five goodgymers got their red t-shirts on and helped two parkruns happen for the hundreds of people who took part. Miriam, Jacqueline, Louise and Ryan took on various roles at Edgbaston Reservoir, as they had a good hundred or more runners on the day due to neighbouring Cannon Hill being cancelled this week. John set up the course at Perry Hall, but only got a chance to photograph the event sign rather than happy volunteer faces, where the nearby Sandwell Valley parkrun was cancelled due to UB40 playing (hence the pun), but happily had a limited effect on numbers.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and I will add them to the report.
This evening we were back at the Oasis Foundry School to continue the great work we have been doing. We had two groups today - a group of walkers who set off early and a group of runners who set off later, so we all met at the school around the same time.
We met Meghan there who briefed us on the tasks we needed to do and split us into two groups again. One group went to the school to move some sticks and branches to the wildlife area whilst the other group picked litter in the park opposite the school, making it nice and tidy for the kids to use.
Once we were finished we all walked across the grassy field and got our feet wet (hence the pun) to have a look at the wildlife area and how its progressed. The great work we've been doing alongside Oasis Foundry School was evident and the area was thriving. The pond and bee bank is looking great and the wildlife area is being used to grow a variety of vegetables, including pumpkins which look like they'll be nice and ready for Halloween.
Once we were finished, we had a look at the community pantry which we will be painting on our next visit, before we ran and walked back to 1000 Trades.
Thanks everyone for coming and for your hard work - well done!
We will be running 5-7k to Oasis Foundry School to help out in their wildlife area. We will be meeting at the school at 6.50pm, so if you want to meet at the task the postcode is B18 4LP.