Ealing Half Marathon CIC

The aim is simply to organise and manage a fully road closed mass participation race to raise a surplus which is ploughed back into community projects.

78 GoodGymers have supported Ealing Half Marathon CIC with 30 tasks.

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Harvey Gallagher

Swept round the u-bend

Friday 1st March

Written by Harvey Gallagher (he/him)

An important role for GoodGym at today's Ealing Mile - chalking out directions around the course.

Then it rained.

Then it rained some more.

Now, the chalk wasn't washed away, but the need for directions changed to a need for warning of wet pavements and wet feet ahead.

Next, we marshalled around the course.

Then the sun came out.

But it was still wet.

The traditional role of marshals is to point runners in the right direction and offer encouragement. Today, we proferred warnings not to cut the corner too tight so as to avoid the muddy patch as the runners swept round the u-bend.

Then the sun came out.

Then it got quite nice, actually. See you next month, Ealing Mile@

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Harvey GallagherChris McCoshClaire

A freezing cold warm-up

Saturday 2nd December 2023

Written by Harvey Gallagher (he/him)

With temperatures down near zero, three GoodGymers stepped up to warm-up the runners sbout to take on the West London 10k. We pogoed, we lunged and kneed high. The conditions were tough but our GoodGym crew radiated positivity (whilst running on the spot!).

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Harvey Gallagher

An autumn mile

Friday 3rd November 2023

Written by Harvey Gallagher (he/him)

Three Goodgymers braved the wind, drizzle and leaves to marshall at the monthly Ealing Mile. It's a grest event where runners of all abilities take a loop of the park on the first Friday lunchtime of each month. The other users of the park are always impressed! Great to see out of Ealing folk, AJ and Louise - their travelling support was very welcome!

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Liv Parker-Scott

Triple win!

Friday 6th October 2023

Written by Harvey Gallagher (he/him)

The first Friday of each month GoodGym Ealing help out the Ealing Mile. It's a brilliant community event for people of all ages and abilities to head out for one mile around one of our lovely parks. The organisers, Ealing Half Marathon CIC, are always grateful and the runners appreciative. Oh, and there's good coffee and vegan lunch nearby (triple win!).

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Harvey GallagherKashPennyStephDucatChrisCaroline Wilkinson

Warm up act runs away with it!

Sunday 24th September 2023

Written by Harvey Gallagher (he/him)

What a great team of GoodGymers we have in Ealing - good sports, fun and not afraid to stand up in front of the runners about to take on the Ealing Half Marathon! Let the images speak for themselves...

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The High Sign

Tuesday 12th September 2023

Written by Kash

The story starts like a noir film, with the streets of Ealing pounded by pouring rain. Eleven figures approached the meeting point at Bodyline Studio and brightened up the scene with GoodGym red t-shirts. The narrative instantly turned into an action movie (and later into a comedy of errors)!

Despite the cloudburst, absolutely no one dropped from the session! It was a unique, once-in-a-year task: putting up the signs on lampposts and poles with parking signs for the fantastic Ealing Half Marathon happening on the 24th of September. The intention of the advance signs along the race route was to warn the drivers about the upcoming closure of the streets.

Each GoodGymer today not only showed up not bothered by the heavy rain but also brought something special to make the team strong:

  • Parham, who came today for his very first task, brought something we were desperately seeking today - height! 📏
  • Sevan and Mike brought step ladders to help us place the signs on a level safe for tall runners and pedestrians 🪜
  • Arran and Madhan brought their usual enthusiasm and can-do attitude 💪
  • Claire brought a wealth of knowledge of North Ealing 🤓
  • Divya brought a bike to carry the Ikea bag with signs 🚲
  • Steph brought the perspective of a runner and a biker who would look at the signs 🏍️
  • Louise, the guest from GoodGym York, brought a cosmopolitan vibe into GoodGym Ealing
  • Finally, Liv brought the signs and instructions ⚠️ - that made the task possible!

Before she had to leave, Liv gave us an overview of the task and the route, complimented by a live demo of the best sign-putting technique.

We split into Team Left and Team Right, each tackling one side of the road. Although we did our best to remain neutral, we couldn't get away from politics. A passerby asked Team Right about sourcing the signs and obtaining permission to put them up. She had some political agenda to share with Ealing drivers and pedestrians. We dodged the question by (rightfully) saying we are only volunteers and the Ealing Half Marathon team is responsible for making sure the signs are put up lawfully.

Do you know that Ealing Half Marathon is a CIC? That means that the profit from the event goes to the local community.

When it started getting dark, each team split into two sub-teams to improve the efficiency.

How many GoodGymers does it take to put up one sign?

The result? The pace increased but both teams got a little bit lost at some point. Eventually, the whole gang arrived at the finish of our section roughly at the same time 🤜🤛 We covered all streets we were assigned to and ended up with four extra signs. To celebrate the success of the task and dry our drenched clothes we headed to the nearest pub for a drink and chat.

We are not done with the Ealing Half Marathon, oh no!

Sign up for GoodGym activities to support runners on the day of the event:

  • Join our seasoned performer Harvey as a backup dancer for the warm-up and give the runners the best experience at their start!
  • Come to the cheer station to keep the runners going!

Our next week's group run will be a task for Cultivate London - sign up now!

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