Group run

Hot Chipolate

5 GoodGymers made their way 5km to help the Blondin Park Community Pavilion in Ealing.

  • Ealing runner
  • Sevan
  • Kash
  • Madhan
  • StephDucat
Tuesday, 7th of November 2023
Led by Kash

Five Ealing GoodGymers couldn't get enough woodchip last week and signed up for another Tuesday session with a similar task. This time, the location was a breath of fresh air: Blondin Park! Apparently, GoodGym has visited the site before, but no one today, except Sevan, remembered those ancient times.

After Christos, Steph Ducat, Sevan and Kash ran through three Ealing parks(!) - Walpole, Lammas and Blondin - to reach the Community Pavillion, they spotted four wheelbarrows, four shovels and a rake outside the building. Inside, they found Madhan, who walked to the task, and the task owner Linda from Blondin Consortium.

Linda had asked us for help with moving the woodchip pile delivered to Blondin Park and distributing the chips across two locations: the memorial tree planted by the pavilion and the bedding right in front of the woodchip pile. She also promised hot chocolate! โ˜•

We got straight to work and rotated between shovelling and driving wheelbarrows to the drop-off location. Shovelling turned out to be a proper full-body workout!

It didn't know I had those muscles! - Christos

Steph chose a significantly oversized shovel. We asked him a few times whether he wanted to swap tasks with others and drive a wheelbarrow a couple of times. Steph was adamant that he would continue the tough shovelling job.

No pain, no gain! - Steph

Madhan volunteered to do all the raking of the bedding by the woodchip pile. He also became the manager of the goods-in department, directing the wheelbarrow drivers to the strategic woodchip drop-off points.

After 50 minutes of hard work, the woodchip pile was less than half its original size. We reported back to Linda and were invited inside the pavilion to use the amenities and treat ourselves to some well-deserved hot chocolate - warm, thick and sweet! ๐Ÿ˜‹ When chilling out after the task, we heard loud music coming from next door - a bunch of ladies were attending a zumba class in the centre. Hopefully, no one told them that our woodchipping session was the coolest one that night! ๐Ÿ˜œ

Next week we are off to Acton to take a break from woodchipping. We will be demolishing another batch of Cultivate's property: two cages! The less destructive task would be sweeping leaves from a schoolyard. Sign up now!

Report written by Kash

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Wednesday November 8th, 2023 08:59

King of Spades๐Ÿ˜and lovely hot chocolate at the end โ˜•

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    • StephDucat
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    Lead a walking group to the task

    • Madhan
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    Make sure that no one is left behind

    • StephDucat

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