Group run

A Sanding Ovation for 100 Good Deeds!

18 runners ran 9.0km to help the Renew Swindon in Swindon.

  • Helen Saville
  • Mike Oakes
  • Jo O'Leary
  • Tracy Kingsley
  • Richard Curtis
  • Swindon runner
  • Jason Higgs
  • Lily
  • Simon Sperring
  • Andrew Pitts
  • Tracey C
  • Sam Coxon
  • Gabrielle Newson
  • Sam F
  • Luke Rutley
  • Jake
  • Jaime Wesemael
Tuesday, 4th of February 2020
Led by Mike Oakes

We started the evening with an ice breaker (thankfully only figuratively this week!) about our favourite aspects of a wedding - some market research for our run leader Mike. Unsurprisingly, Richard the Vicar trumped all other suggestions, and has definitely been to the most weddings! Ice well and truly broken, we set off on our task.

Not content with the distance of one of our longer runs, we went on an 'accidental' detour around the local lanes before we reached our location. After deciding to go left based on absolutely no information at all, we made it to Men in Sheds at Chippenham Close Community Centre, our location for the evening.

We were there to help with a number of different tasks; sanding various pieces of furniture ready for painting, freshening up some walls with a lick of paint, and 'cutting in' in the toilets. Once Luke and I had learnt what on earth 'cutting in' actually meant, we split into teams and got cracking.

After misplacing the sandpaper - rough start - team work made the dream work over the in corner, where we were sanding down a large cabinet ready to transform it into a slate grey paint storage unit. Very chic!

Things got emulsion-al at just how good the hallway looked with a fresh lick of paint...

Tracey got pretty handsy with some dust, and Sam tidied up after us all with the hoovering - task in the bag!

Before leaving the task, we devoured some delicious sausage rolls handmade by Dawn (where does she get the time? Between 18:00 and 18:20 apparently!), and then ran back to the Oasis to celebrate Stuart getting his wings for 100 good deeds with a fabulous cake made by Tracey. It was so good you couldn't even tell it was gluten free! Congratulations Stuart!

Join us next week to run or walk to the Haven Day Centre for Swindon Night Shelter, ready to make some windows squeaky clean for the guests staying at the Winter Housing Provision. Check it out here!

Report written by Gabrielle Newson

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Emma Sperring
Emma Sperring
Thursday February 6th, 2020 11:22

Great report! šŸ‘ Thanks for writing this Gaby! šŸ˜Š Iā€™m still sad about missing out on gluten free cake šŸ’ÆšŸ° šŸ˜ž

Helen Saville
Helen Saville
Thursday February 6th, 2020 13:07

Brilliant report and good food too!!

Jo O'Leary
Jo O'Leary
Thursday February 6th, 2020 14:24

Fab report Gaby! šŸ‘šŸ‘šŸ‘

Mike Oakes
Mike Oakes
Thursday February 6th, 2020 19:30

Great report, Gaby! All about the extra miles! šŸƒā€ā™‚ļø šŸ‘£

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Mike Oakes
Led by Mike Oakes

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    • Andrew Pitts
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    Will be in charge of writing the run report

    • Gabrielle Newson
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    • Jo O'Leary

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