Ex- 'sponge' me, would you 'chair' to help?

10 GoodGymers made their way 5.4km to help the One Norbiton in Kingston upon Thames.

  • Richmond runner
  • Mark Barun
  • Jane Yelloly
  • Kingston upon Thames runner
  • Claire Murphy
  • Kingston upon Thames runner
  • Kate Haworth
  • Laura Waller
  • Rob Haworth
  • Lorena Miranda
 
Tuesday, 7th of May 2019
 
Led by Mark Barun

Last night 10 of us gathered to practice our lateral movements as well as, of course, do good! However, we could not side step the fact that our task tonight was a little bit of a wash out....

After a warm up to get our glutes fired up and some technical tips to ensure a better squat we headed for Piper Hall Community Centre (To assist at the request of the community group Norbiton One)which hosts an array of events for the Kingston residents. We ran about nearly 3km there, keeping a steady pace in a tight group with our ‘Pied Piper’ (Mark Barun) leading the way.

Once at the Community Centre our task was to 1. Find the key that was in the “coolest” of hiding places and 2. Find the cleaning products, that was….ummmm, not so easy.

We had been asked to wash a number of chairs in the centre but unfortunately, despite there being two kitchens we struggled to find tools to do the job. We scrabbled around and found a couple of bowls, two sponges and a cloth, a lot of paper towels and a collection of different cleaning products - unsure if any were suitable for the job in hand. We were not to be defeated, (Goodgym Kingston never are) and so we…..we just got on with it - we moved all the chairs outside, got our hands (and the one pair of marigolds that one runner had the notion to bring with her) wet and did the best we could with the products we had. In true GoodGym style we formed a production line of washing, drying and carrying back inside until there was only a few chairs remaining. They looked so much better and that was with a 'spit and polish' effort - Imagine how gleaming we could have got them!

We finished by practicing our squats and trying to avoid sitting on a damp seat as we took a group photo, which seemed forever to take - our quads can testify to that and then headed back to Guildhall on a short run that took us through some new streets we hadn’t ran before.

Great to see you all - both the runners and the walkers.

See you next week where we will be celebrating our FIRST BIRTHDAY!

Please meet at the Guildhall for a briefing at 6.30pm, we will then have the chance to be given a send-off by the Mayor of Kingston before heading to a new task location in Edith Gardens.

After the task and run we will be heading to the pub (location to be confirmed) to bask in a year of great achievements in our borough!

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Mark Barun
Led by Mark Barun

Run Trainer for Richmond & Kingston. Qualified Personal Trainer & Sports Coach, check out barunfitnessandmartialarts.co.uk

GoodGymers helping out
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    Make sure that no one is left behind

    • Kate Haworth
  • Report Writer

    Be in charge of writing the session report

    • Richmond runner
  • Walk Leader

    Lead a walking group to the task

    • Rob Haworth

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