Running Repairs

I was thinking about the phrase ‘running repairs’ this weekend while marshaling at Wimpole parkrun (no virtue signalling intended). You know how some TV and radio programmes – To Hull and Back springs to mind – sound like they’ve thought of the title first and then developed the idea behind the title; well, this could be the case with the idea of Running Repairs.

The phrase combines two of my passions – getting free exercise and giving free fixes – which got me thinking… What if runners with relevant skills could be matched with local residents with things that needed fixing. This could be a lightbulb or fuse to be changed, a dripping tap, a button that needs sewing back on, a bike chain that needs adjusting, anything that needs lubricating, gluing or cleaning – the list goes on. It would be a free, non-emergency, accessible service, but only for small jobs; you wouldn’t want to put professional handy-people and repairers out of business.

The idea is not wholly original – some readers may know about GoodGym a brilliant national initiative which brings groups of runners together to do ‘good work’ in their community. They run to locations to do this – for example to do a litter pick in a local park or a village hall to paint a room. They also support older individuals with small tasks and companionship. Nor is free community repair a novelty – we’ve been running a quarterly Repair Café in Royston for the past six years.

Why the ‘running repairs’ idea is a bit different from a community event is that the interaction with residents is 1-2-1 in their homes, and the fixes would tend to be for people who, for one reason or another, can’t attend a community event (and you can’t bring in a dripping tap or light socket…)

So, an idea to combine keeping bodies and things working well, connecting communities and creating friendships along the way – good for people and the planet. What do you think – has ‘Running Repairs’ got, er… legs?  Please let me know.

https://www.goodgym.org

www.facebook.com/RoystonRepairCafe

2 thoughts on “Running Repairs

  1. Rude Record

    Reblogged this on Rude Record and commented:
    Us RUDE Guys aka Mend it, Australia recently posted about textile mends for others in the community. A little bit surprised that we did not get any responses.

    These mends would be one on one and free. Simple mends only. Also a few years back we offered running repairs in our own community but received no interest.

    What does that say about us? Or what does lack of interest say about others? Or is it due to a lack of interest in mending textiles?

    Also, if you are doing running repairs for people you do not know going into their homes could be a safety issue for both parties. However, when we made our offer we suggested meeting in a cafe, library etc

    A penny for your thoughts?

    Here is a podcast featuring us that may be of interest. We share the joys and the barriers to community repair.

    https://therestartproject.org/podcast/mend-it-australia/

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