A team of 11 Goodgym walkers and runners set out to brighten up the SANCTUARY Yarden.
Gathering around the Suitcases, the energy was bubbling as new and old Goodgym members met. It was brilliant to have Frances join us, returning to help this brilliant charity. After a top to toe warm up, we headed off. Pauline leading the walking group and the runners taking a scenic route to admire the Wigwam and Giraffe buildings before rendevousing in Crown St Park. Selfies and parading complete the team met the wonderful Maddie who had everything ready to go. A mix of clearing top soil, weeding and emptying soil commenced with the team working slickly. Two planters were completely revived with fresh compost and the rest were weeded and topped. The difference was considerable and left the Yarden looking much more fitting of the place name.
Well done team for the great effort, thanks to Pauline for walk leading and photos and to Steph for the pun!
The Liverpool Half Marathon and 10 Miler are a key date in the city's running calendar, and when a call came up for people to help with support on the day, we were very happy to step in. Our role was to run the 9 mile water station, just as the runners come up to Otterspool Prom to start their route back to the finish at Pier Head in the city centre. Jo was first on scene just before 8am to pick up the van keys from Alan, the race director, shortly afterwards joined by Steph, then Ro, Ema, Pauline and Mat. Among other things, we learned that it is much more efficient to decide on the final position for your tables BEFORE putting all the little water bottles out. However, with a bit of careful lifting we maneouvred the tables without too much drama. Then all we had to do was proudly display our GoodGym banner and wait for the first runners to come through. There was great teamwork today with Steph replenishing one table, Ro and Ema the other, Pauline directing people as they approached the area, Mat clearing away the empties, and Jo doing a bit of everything. By around 11.15 after nearly three hours and a lot of cheering, we were finished and ready to pack up and retreat to the nearby cafe for some well earned refreshment.