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Flower power sand fans

11 runners ran to help the Bristol and Bath Parks Foundation in Bristol.

  • Alice Whale
  • Melanie Young
  • Shreena Parmar
  • VaguelyNorthernDarren
  • Russ Cahill
  • Sarah Jelbert
  • Sara
  • Amy Hicks
  • Megan Cumberlidge
  • Kate
  • Patrick
Wednesday, 21st of April 2021
Led by Melanie Young

An email request begging for help brought huge excitement to Bristol GoodGym with an urgent need to shift and spread 6 tonnes of sand across some space that had been lawn, to increase the wildlife and plants right in the heart of the city. GoodGymmers who were still at work spied on us from afar.

In the (not) shadow of City Hall on a gloriously sunny late afternoon, red t-shirts approached from all directions on foot and on bikes and 11 GoodGymmers split into their groups of a 5 and a 6 to be sand-shifters or sand-spreaders across a pleasing trapezium*, entitled to 4 of the 6 dumpy bags of sand.

Social distancing went vertical as Shreena enjoyed being the tallest GoodGymmer, standing on her sack of sand.

It was especially lovely to welcome Kate and Patrick to their first ever GoodGym session - we hope to see you again really soon.

Charlee, from the Bristol and Bath Parks Foundation and Joe from ParkWork (long-term friend of GoodGym) were super impressed with the speed of spreadage and after lots of hardwork we had a vote on further raking or a fitness session. Tge raking won and the sport Synchronised Socially Distanced Raking was born - already listed as a demonstration sport for the 2028 Olympics.

It was fantastic to be back in the heart of the city, getting fit by doing good.

*Maths is fun

Report written by Melanie Young

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Melanie Young
Led by Melanie Young

Loves being outdoors and being active, helping make the world a happier place to be one day at a time. Eats cake.

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