Richard just completed a six month streak of doing missions. That’s so many bags of garden rubbish cleared and jobs done to help someone out and put a smile on their face. Give Richard a cheer to encourage them to keep up the good work.
Tonight we met up with the lovely City of Birmingham Striders. You'll see from the picture that it was even light when we set off tonight!
We ran just over 7k in total on the last of the winter routes, with the clocks changing next week.
Myself, Danny and Tom ran together and even put in a few fast strides in the last couple of k's.
Once back we were put through a good stretching routine, then it was off to the pub for most of the group, for some well earned refreshment :)
Richard is part of a crowd that's making a huge noise. Richard has been cheered by 25 people - that's a round of applause just on their own. We hope they keep it up.
Richard has done 10 good deeds. They are a trusted GoodGym runner and are now eligible to join their local TaskForce.
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 you can join me there if you wish, or if you have another one closer to home then 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.
Eight goodgymers helped to make parkrun happen at five events across the city this morning. I set up at Perry Hall with Raull before he doubled up with a bit of tail walking. Steven was doing a range of roles at Woodgate Valley. Jonny was the funnel manager at Sutton Park. Liam gave the first timer's briefing at Edgbaston Reservoir before marshalling, while Danny and Richard ran the 5k and scanned barcodes at the finish line. Miriam did a last minute bit of marshalling at Cannon Hill before going on to the other Community Mission of the day over in Stirchley.
A bumper day for GoodGym assisting to make parkrun happen across Birmingham, not least because I found Steven's details to add him into reports, knowing that he has been very busy over the weeks helping at Woodgate Valley since it began last year. Today was no different as he set up the course, was a car park marshal, marshalled out on the course, closed down the course and was a photographer as well. That is really making the show happen!
Over in Cannon Hill parkrun, Miriam took on the daunting task of timekeeping, with an incredible 485 runners clicked through the finishing line. I can assure you its a difficult task at our parkrun with around 100 finishers, so that certainly takes some concentration. Out on the course, James was marshalling and cheering on the runners.
At Edgbaston Reservoir, Liam was Run Director, while Ryan was another marshal/cheerleader out on the course. One of the runners out there was Richard, who finished and got straight into Barcode Scanning at the end.
I did my usual setup duties at Perry Hall in time to take part and proudly (and painfully) finish in first place. I can't resist another show off about it (after my whatsapp humblebrag) so I've put my picture of proof in the report.
It was a bumper day for the collaboration process as nine goodgymers volunteered at two parkrun events in Birmingham. I began by setting up the course at Perry Hall with Chan and his mum, marking out and checking the course for the runners. I had to run off quickly myself for something I'm about to get to in the report, while Chan got the chance to walk the course and Raull took up tail walking duties.
At the same time, local running club City of Birmingham Striders were doing a volunteering takeover at Edgbaston Reservoir, the place I was in a rush to get to after setting up the Perry Hall course (I got there a few minutes late but managed to get a run around). As there are a number of club members who are also goodgymers, there was a lot of representation, and everyone else here was taking part whether run directing, marshaling, tail walking, timing or token scanning among many other tasks. Well done everyone!