Group run

Hedging our bets for a 'wheeley' fun night

8 runners ran 5.0km to help their local community in Derby.

  • Ashley
  • Dani
  • Sam Harrison
  • Helen
  • Derby runner
  • Alice
  • Lauren
  • Karen Swift
Tuesday, 10th of March 2020
Led by Dani


I waited with anticipation at the Jurys Inn after it seemed as though many of the GG regulars were busy, had a case of the sniffles or were tending to a niggle... it was nothing to do with the afternoon of rain keeping them away, honest.

But alas runners did turn up & they were some cool-cats alright, much to Ashley's relief!

It was great to see Karen back after her ultra effort a couple of weekends ago (looking as fresh as ever!) as well as Alice who's making a comeback after an injury - go team!

With a group of us rearing to go (kinda), we hit the pavements & headed out to the Glebe Gardens Allotments, where we were met with enthusiasm by Vron from the committee & Sharon, a local resident who has a plot on the allotments.

We knew it was going to be a wheeley fun task when Vron said we would be cutting back a hedge & then wheel-barrowing the trimmings around the maze of allotments to the piles ready for composting.

Splitting into two teams, we worked on two sections of the hedge, trimming it back & taking it in turns to load up the barrows & wheel the trimmings around the allotments to the growing piles.

It became clear that we needed a taller person on team two as the hedge was neatly trimmed back to 5ft 5 with a bushy, sprouting top!

This was soon remedied when Ashley joined them with the loppers.

After forty five minutes of hard graft, the hedges looked in a much better way, making the allotments neater ready for the residents to begin spring planting. A job well done by the GG clan.


As well as graft at our task, we kicked the evening off with a team challenge outside of the Jurys Inn; Cool Cats vs The Vikings.

We dueled at a squat challenge, the plank war & then a mini relay around the flower beds.

After warming up our quads & core it was time to start the run, jointly led by Sam & Lauren. A total of 5km covered on a mild evening... perfect!


Our next task takes us back to where it all began; supporting the Friends of Darley Open Spaces (FoDOS) with their wildlife garden. We're going to be sorting out the wet-bed (home to frogs & newts!) & planting snow-drops. A short run - with a walk option - of 4km total, so everyone is welcome & I'd love to see you there!

If anyone has any snow-drop bulbs that they'd like to donate to FoDOS, they'd be most welcome by this lovely group.


Massive thanks for once again braving what looked as though would be a miserable evening, but luckily turned out mild & pleasant & a barrow-load of fun! The lighter & warmer evenings are beginning to show, so let's hang on a little longer you Winter Warriors & look forward to a busy year ahead.

Big Loves x

Report written by Dani

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