Ivy Been Expecting You, Mr Pond!
11 runners ran 5.0km to help the Westbury Banks Nature Reserve in Haringey.
- Wednesday, 4th of September 2019
- Led by Euclides Montes
Another cracking task this week for GoodGym Haringey - we are truly living our best GG lives!
11 wonderful runners gathered at GG Haringey HQ for a much needed warm up session as we bantered/complained/despaired about how cold it was. Very soon though we were all warmed up and raring to go, so we did!
We ran the scenic way through Downhills Park towards the Westbury Banks Nature Reserve. Our friends at the reserve are about to receive 420 (!) new trees so we will be helping them through September and October to get the site ready for planting.
At the reserve, task owner Mr Cool Luke had a variety of excellent tasks for us. Some people got on with a much needed weeding session of the lower path, whilst a litter picking team set out to leave the roadside edge of the reserve spotless. Finally some of us got on with filling the pond with rainwater. Towards the end of the task, we also got on with clearing some ivy that's overgrown around a lovely sycamore.
We managed to do around 40 minutes work and we think we did great. Thankfully, Luke agrees!
We agreed to come back soon on a couple of community missions and perhaps another group run in early October. Luke told us about a local community garden being looked after by some local neighbours so on our way back to HQ we stopped by to have a look. It's beautiful! And it's great to see communities being inspired to make their communal homes better. If you're ever in the area, feel free to water it!
Then we headed to Belmont Park for some speed training as this very clued on Run Leader had very cleverly spotted a 100 metre track. Isn't he great? Alas, there was no track, it was cold and dark, and I'm just grateful everyone was very polite to me after sending them on a wild goose chase.
Instead of sprints, we did some backward running (good training for something, though none of us could agree what for) and also stopped along the way for squats and some burpees. Well, some of us of did burpees.
Back at HQ, Sarah led a very thorough stretching session.
Next week, we're visiting Cafe Connect - it's a short run and a great task, so you should definitely join us for some fun. AND please come to our birthday run on the 18th of September, and bring a friend or five. It's going to be great!
Report written by Euclides Montes
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