Saturday 2nd July 2022
Report written by Windsor and Maidenhead runner
The 5am start may just be our earliest task start time ever for Windsor and Maidenhead. What a beautiful morning to do good deeds. GoodGymers Sheila, Tara, Amy, Amanda, Sara and Kelley were bright eyed when they met at Ray Mill Island in Maidenhead to support swimmers doing 5km, 2.8km or 1.4km open water river swims. After a quick safety briefing the team got straight to work.
Amanda and Sara did not flop on their flip-flop duties and strung together hundreds of pairs of clogs and sandals to meet their owners at the end of their races. Amy, Tara and Sheila took responsibility for labelling swimmers' keys to ensure no one arrived in a Ferrari but left in a Fiesta! Kelley was our keen photographer capturing all the adventures.
After the swimmers left the start line, the team turned to marshalling duties to greet and direct the swimmers doing the longer historic 5km route all the way from Cliveden. Then it was onto the final stage of signing posting people out of the water, hosing down feet and handing out medals, bacon sarnies and hot tea to the chilly but cheerful swimmers at the end of the race. Some of the team even caught a glimpse of Olympian Tom Dean who was amongst the swimmers. Overall it was a great event and the GoodGym team are ex-stream-ly keen to come back and help again next year!