Group run

A brush with Paint Nicholas!

8 runners ran 7.6km to help the Odd Down community cafe group in Bath.

  • Bath runner
  • Nicola Chouler
  • Liat
  • Sam Ollason
  • Bath runner
  • Chris Duff
  • Will
  • Robert Carter
Tuesday, 17th of December 2019
Led by Sam Ollason

Last night a group of GoodGym runners got involved with the last GoodGym Bath run OF THE DECADE! We ran up to the Odd Down Sports Cafe to paint some walls for them and give the community space a new lease of life. We ran a hilly 7.5km and enjoyed some great nighttime views over Bath.

Welcome, Rob!

We met at the leisure centre and welcomed a new runner to our ranks, Rob. Thanks for coming along last night, Rob. We hope you will come and join us again! After a warm-up we were on our way running up Holloway and Bloomfield Drive.

I'm dreaming of a (painted) white Christmas!

We had originally planned on writing Christmas cards for a community Christmas meal, but our plans changed at the last minute and instead we were tasked with some painting. The Community cafe is used by a range of different groups. In particular, there are lots of toddlers and young children who use the space and the walls around the toy area needed to be repainted. There were areas where the paint was looking faded and thin because of mucky hands and there was a fair amount of crayon on the walls too! We got to work and split into teams to paint as much of the walls we could in the time we had.

When we were done the places where we had painted looked much fresher. We really breathed a new lease of life into the walls to help keep the cafe a welcoming place to meet and relax.

After we had packed up we ran around to St Phillip's and St James' Church to see the results of some tasks from earlier in the year where painted a giant advent calendar for the church's Christmas display. Behind each door a community group drew a picture of what "The King is Coming" means to them. Our offering was lovingly crafted by Tessa, an author and illustrator who runs The Happy Book company, a local company that has just released a beautifully-illustrated children's book. Thanks, Tessa!


Thanks to the team at The Odd Down Sports Cafe for hosting us, thanks to Emily for backmarking for us and thanks to everyone for a great group effort with the Christmas-themed pun!

That's it for 2019! Thanks for coming along and running with us. The next group run will be on Tuesday 7th January. It will be a fantastic way to get back into running after the Christmas break - see you there!

Report written by Sam Ollason

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Sam Ollason

Sam Ollason
Bath Coordinator. I love helping people get fit and volunteer at the same time.

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