Community mission


4 GoodGymers made their way 6.7km to help the Hanover & Elm Grove Ward in Brighton.

  • Tabitha Hrynick
  • Brighton runner
  • Jane Dallaway
Tuesday, 28th of March 2023

Arriving, as usual, Bright-on-time, four GoodGymer’s ran at pace, to assist Cllrs David, Steph, and Elaine with challenges in the culture-rich Hanover and Elm Grove area of the city.*

Our suspense as to whether we would be weeding; picking-up the theme of the recent litter mission; or instead be painting the good paint in our generally magnolia (occasionally white, veering silver ⚓) battle against graffiti was promptly ended when requisite decorating equipment 🎨 was Hannover-d.

Before provoking ire on a public platform, it’s important to note we are talking about street art of the significantly less developed variety (see before photos) rather than the wonderful, artistic, murals appreciated by many that adorn so many walls of our 🏳‍🌈 city, a little montage of such examples included in the photos.

Needless to say the threatened showers meant an entirely different type of (rain-coat) hooded vigilante plied the (cough, ever gentrifying and certainly not mean) streets of Hanover and Elm Grove in a graffiti-focused state of mind… GoodGymer’s! Jane in particular took great care to make sure there were no stones on the roller for the derelict pub’s makeover - setting the bar Farrow & Ball high for the finish expected on these missions 😂 Certain others, however, simply ended up bouncing, climbing, and covered in budget emulsion 🙈.

In a task that can sometimes feel like a forth bridge job 🌉, one highlight was preparing a very visible wall with a base-coat for an “urban nature” (we can’t wait to see it!) themed mural on Elm Grove (a street with it’s own song )

Today’s weather wasn’t entirely compliant with Stefania’s recent efforts to incentivise us all 🥳 with reminders of longer and brighter days ahead, following the recent arrival of British Summer Time ☀, but still we counted our blessings! As those here in 2008 will confirm Sometimes It Snows in April.

Here’s hoping Rob, Frannie, and Michelle are all fighting fit very soon 💪, and to Amro we wish Ramadan Mubarak ❤

Han’over to our next scheduled session, the BM10k this Sunday, keeping our eyes peeled 👀 to offer the visiting GG’ers a warm welcome 📣 … and hoping for good weather, especially fair winds - for both the brave folks spectating, and all the GG runners staying warm by running.

*Some quick ‘cultural trivia’ for the regular pub quizzers amongst us - this area, otherwise know as ‘Muesli Mountain’, receives a direct shout out by none other than Spear of Destiny - never know when this question might come up! 🤷🏼‍♂).

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