York

Group run

๐ŸŒฑ (Haw)thorn in my side ๐ŸŒณ

15 GoodGymers made their way 7.0km to help the St Aelreds Primary School and Nursery - Wildlife Area in York.

  • Leanne
  • Ed Woollard
  • Nicky Woodall
  • Jenna Drury
  • York runner
  • Mitch
  • Debs Sharpe
  • Vicky
  • Amy Woollard
  • Abigail Darton
  • York runner
  • Martin Calvert
  • Sherilyn
  • Michael Hertaeg
  • Bernie Hughes
 
Monday, 24th of April 2023
 
Led by Nicky Woodall
she/her

โ˜€๏ธ 15 brilliant GoodGymmers met on a beautifully sunny (but deceptively chilly) evening for our group run. We all marvelled at the bravery of those in shorts and t shirts, and then realised theyโ€™d be contributing extra effort at the task to keep warm ๐Ÿฅถ

๐Ÿฆธโ€โ™€๏ธ Speaking of marvelling, we were wowed to see Leanne at our group run, only a day after her heroic London Marathon effort, and looking incredibly fresh! What a superstar ๐Ÿ’ช

๐Ÿฅณ Vicky led the party pacers while we warmed up, chatting about our early baking/cooking memories. After some deliberation on how to make Angel Delight (definitely with cold milk rather than hot water!), it was time for Ed to lead the other running group and us cyclists to get pedalling ๐Ÿƒโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿšดโ€โ™‚๏ธ

๐Ÿšธ We were heading back to St Aelredโ€™s School where weโ€™re continuing to help to develop their wildlife area. We quickly set to work, with one team carrying on the cutting back work ๐ŸŒฟ

๐ŸŒณ Another team were removing those pesky weeds that had already appeared around the new trees weโ€™d lovingly planted last time. Once the weeding was done, it was time to shift and tip woodchip around said baby trees, to protect them from further weed invasions (๐Ÿคž)

๐ŸŒฑ Meanwhile, Jenna and Lucy were spotting and rescuing potential self-seeded saplings to be saved, digging them up from any inappropriate growing places to be moved to safer soil. There was definitely a technique both to identifying and digging these plants (mostly hawthorn) so this was an impressive job done ๐Ÿ™Œ

๐Ÿ‘ All too soon, it was time to down tools (though not before all our baby trees had a good thick layer of woodchip). We heard again about the difference our work is making to the school, especially in getting both children and parents interested and invested in the project (including a recent pupil-led litter-pick, which is pretty great). Thereโ€™s lots more to be done so weโ€™ll definitely be back ๐Ÿ‘

๐Ÿ“ธ We posed for our group photo by a lovely meal then headed off in our different groups, meeting back at base to stretch and head home/to the pub ๐Ÿป

๐Ÿ‘Œ Thanks everyone, it was a chilly one but I know the school really appreciated everyoneโ€™s efforts tonight ๐Ÿ˜

Report written by Nicky Woodall


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Nicky Woodall
Led by Nicky Woodall

Area Activator for GoodGym York. Loves everything running, from parkrun alphabet collecting to marathons. Will run for cake!

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