Group run

I wondered why the cricket ball was getting bigger. And then it hit me.

9 GoodGymers made their way 3.2km to help the Essex Cricket Community, Central Baptiste Church Chelmsford, and Chelmsford County Council in Chelmsford.

  • James Connolly
  • Laurie Glendinning
  • Joel
  • Tav
  • David Chatterjee
  • Jenny Skinner
  • Andy Holmes
  • Becca W
  • Richard
Wednesday, 15th of June 2022
Led by David Chatterjee


We met at the Mildmay on a lovely Summer evening and had a nice chat. Quick well done to Joe for running a 20 minute 5km, absolute insanity. Goodgym is paired with The Great Get Together ( an initiative inspired by the late Jo Cox designed to bring people together to celebrate what they have in common. We headed to the Best Western and cajoled the troops together. We think we ended up with 16 kids raring to go!

We headed down to the park ably by Jenny via the route with least roads to cross and headed to the part of the park where Parkrun Chelmsford begins. Joel showcased his shepherding across road skills, can tell that he recently became a father and he is ready to chaperone to the Ale House as soon as possible. We split into a couple of groups to play. Good(gym) grief, I had forgotten how absolutely terrible I was. Despite warne-ings from James, I managed to be the only person bowled out twice. And it only took three balls...I did make a couple of catches. Great fun and the group seemed to take excessive pleasure in mocking me... Some special shout outs: Andy for dropping some absolute sitters, Richard for somehow managing to survive a marathon 5 balls, Laurie for dodging and ducking without knowing it, Becca for somehow running about 2km while fielding and Tav for catching someone out one handed while on his phone. We headed off back, walking the group back and making sure they got back ok.

I know the task itself isn't the most fitness orientated but it is genuinely the highlight of the week for the children. Thanks to everyone for coming and we will be back. Shame we are on honeymoon or I would be there to seek my vengeance. Hopefully next time we can also bring some footballs and it will help to get all the children out as it is really important to exercise and get some fresh air, as well as just to have fun and make them feel welcome!

On Saturday 25th June the details are here for the Parkrun with Colchester - it will be at Marks Hall, it is about a 25 minute drive from Chelmsford. Sorry we can't be there:

See you in a couple of weeks when we hopefully are back with a tan! In the meantime, Tav will be leading some great tasks! Including a potential return to bowling doosras and fielding at silly point!

Report written by David Chatterjee

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