Tuesday 12th September 2023
Report 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:
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:
Our next week's group run will be a task for Cultivate London - sign up now!