Birmingham Walkathon

6 GoodGymers have supported Birmingham Walkathon with 2 tasks.

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Jonny CarterJo RussellMorwenna KearnsLaura SmithAmy

360 Degrees and Rising

Sunday 2nd April 2023

Written by Morwenna Kearns

The Birmingham Walkathon is back! Once a regular fixture on the Brum events calendar, this 26-mile circular walk around the iconic number 11 bus route returned on Sunday after a ten-year hiatus.

Walkers could choose one of two starting points – either Rookery Park in Erdington in the north of the city or Kings Heath Park in the south – both with a GoodGym warm-up to get them going. Jonny in Erdington and Rob and Balal in KH made sure all participants got those leg muscles ready.

As the walkers set off, Amy headed to Winson Green to take her place as a road marshal, while Laura and I mirrored her over the other side of the circle in KH. We could have all done with a warm-up too on this very chilly morning – Laura and I kept warm by dancing to a portable radio (and hot drinks and snacks kindly sent over by Balal!) while Amy eventually benefitted from a change in the weather, having to use her umbrella as a parasol.

The road marshals' job was to cheer on the walkers, make sure they crossed the road safely and let them know that the next checkpoint wasn't far away. Among the hardy hikers was GoodGym volunteer Jo, who completed the 26-mile circuit in just under eight hours!

Thanks also to GoodGym-ers Eve, who helped to promote the Walkathon with a leaflet drop in KH and Stirchley a couple of weeks ago, and Miriam and Annie who shared updates on Instagram. Congratulations too to all the other volunteers who made the event's comeback a success and to the participants who raised money for HelpHarryHelpOthers, the Harry Moseley Cancer Charity.

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GoodGym walkers leafleting for the Walkathon!

Saturday 18th March 2023

Written by Jonny Carter

This morning we had a slightly different 'group run' in that it was a walking one.

We joined the Birmingham Walkathon team in Rockary Park, Erdington to deliver some leaflets about the said event. GoodGym being the official training partner of the Walkathon. Before we set off Jonny did a few videos, giving nutrition and training advice for the big day before re headed out for the leaflet drop.

We went up and down a main road, dropping lots of leaflets in all the houses on one side, before coming up the other side.

We were lucky the weather stayed nice and dry and after the task, Jonny got the Warm up leader job on the actual day of the event. Morwenna managed to organise a leaflet drop for the event and on arriving home Jo signed up to actually take part in the event doing the full 26 miles!

A great morning had by all :)

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