After 2 long years the Asics London 10k was finally back on the streets of Westminster and as ever, GoodGym were there to provide support (and water) to the people racing.
Despite TFL seemingly taking the morning off and a very threatening weather forecast, 23 volunteers made it to Aid Station 1 on Victoria Embankment just behind Somerset House, home of GoodGym HQ. On this occasion we were distributed across several sites in fact, with 6 or so pioneers also down at Westminster Abbey helping out on Aid Station 2.
It was a cool day out so demand for water would be modest, but nonetheless the cups were carefully stacked 3 layers high along 15-odd tables ready for the runners. For the first time we also had a refilling stop for those who’d brought their own bottles.
As well as people proudly wearing their GoodGym colours, those racing included Spartans, a banana, a panda bear and a man dressed entirely in purple. 🤷♂️
Presumably owing to a staggered start and the mild temperature, things never got hectic on Aid Station 1 and it really wasn’t long before it was time to politely encourage the unused water cups onto the ground and start clearing everything away.
Thanks so much for coming team and helping get GoodGym out in front of some eyes! Those that volunteered on AS1 today get to enjoy a free place on an upcoming LimeLight Sports race which will be the (postponed) Hackney Half this September, the Oxford Half in October, the Hackney Half in May 2022, or the next London 10K in a years time.
We arrived to a flurry of activity at Magpie Close setting up for the Magpie project summer celebration, Jane immediately signed us in and started running through our task list, helpfully listed out with a map of the entertainment spaces to be constructed.
Katrin and Goodgym first-timer Pete teamed up to build two BBQs from scratch for the food station, whilst Hilary and Miriam set out constructing two gazebos for the Tombola and Merchandise areas. The gazebos went up in no time (we had Goodgym pros on the job), so after finishing, we started on setting up the tables, chairs and various merch and games equipment for the fair. We got a bit creative with the fashion section, pinning up signage and merch to attract the punters.
Katrin and Pete did a solid job getting the BBQs constructed and the food stations arranged just in time and Jane was so impressed that we all received food vouchers for our efforts!
Although we were tempted to celebrate with a jump on the bouncy castle it was strictly under-5s only so we refrained and went for a high five and a photo op instead :) It was great to get involved with the Magpie Project and see lots of smiling faces arriving for the celebrations before we parted ways, a great start to the weekend!
Finally, Group Runs returned. The regular, week-in week-out guaranteed session providing a dose of fitness and chatter. It will take time and patience to build them back up to their former state, but am keen to give it a right good go.
New runner, India joined us for her first session in Newham, having completed tasks in other areas. She also works for Expressway and was the driving force behind us having a base there. Big thanks to her!
We did some covid secure high knees, from afar, no patellas were caressed nor fondled. RWQ was: "Name one positive thing to happen to you during the pandemic?" Realising how important the GoodGym community was and is to you, becoming overly adept at packing food parcels into black cabs, cherished moments with close family, developing highly transferable rubik's cube skills, expanding cooking repertoire, horticultural based satisfaction and finding awesome house-mates. It's useful to inspect the silver lining now and again.
Then onto a baking 2.4 ish mile to help Emma from RDLAC, it began with a lovely waterside section, under the old shipping cranes, then quickly became more industrial. Upon arrival we underwent a surprise stretch from Emma, she's a qualified masseuse, so all were safe under her muscle lengthening supervision.
Quickly to work, tugging out thistle and bindweed mainly, to unveil a rather sumptuous assortment of plants growing under the vigorous weeds. Think we managed about 30mins - but the impact is there to see in the before and after pictures.
Upon our sweaty and radiant return back to Expressway we indulged in some home-made cake by the man himself, Eugene. It went down as could be expected, bloody well; a soft, moist glucose based delight.
Next week, we roll over to Cody Dock, sign up here
Till next week