Group run

Keeping it school! The children will aDOOR the work we did!

16 runners ran 5.0km to help their local community in Cardiff.

  • Jack
  • Lydia
  • Michael
  • Emma Wilkins
  • Benjamin Annear
  • Cardiff runner
  • Ellen
  • Elly
  • Adam
  • Susan Smith
  • Charlotte Dawes
  • Emma Hughes-McEwan
  • Maya Broadbank
  • Darren Raz-Nick
  • Rachael
  • Molly
Tuesday, 14th of November 2017
Led by Benjamin Annear

On a slightly wet Tuesday evening, 16 GoodGym runners turned up at Yr Hen Lyfrgell ready for an evening of running and doing good in Cardiff!

As soon as the clock struck 6.30pm runners headed outside to warm up. Christmas huts now occupy our previously used warm up space so we have now relocated 20 metres along from where the Christmas huts end… as it is Christmas we’ll let it go ;) Ben got everyone jogging on the spot and began explaining about GoodGym and the 3 ways runners can get involved. This was also a great opportunity to say a resounding welcome to new runners Rachel and Elly – There were MASSIVE cheers all round... we love having new people join us! Also to mention Lucy, Emma and Mikey completed a Mission Run last thursday - Wahooo an extra good deed for you guys and another opportunity to use your fitness to do good - Read about it here. Yesterday Adam also did his first coach run... Unfortunately he didn't manage to actually meet his coach on this occasion, he is looking forward to the next opportunity to run and meet him! Last but not least... Well done to Ben who ran Athens Marathon on the weekend - Read about it here.

We then did our headcount in Welsh (yn Gymraeg) and then specific running drills to get the blood circulating in our legs. A good warm up is vital as it prepares the body for exercise and reduces the risk of injury. Acknowledging ourselves as a bilingual running club the Welsh language commissioners were keen to capture footage of us in action and so we had a camera team join us this week on the run! Diolch yn fawr for this recognition :)

Before setting off, a leader and backmarkers were appointed. Ben knew the route so he volunteered to lead and Emma volunteered to backmark – Fab job guys!

On the way there we stopped to squat by Cardiff castle, right in front of the Christmas tree! HOLD THE SQUAT GUYS! 5 more seconds... The countdown from 5 involved Sue counting down in Welsh and Adam making sure that the time from 5 to 1 was in seconds and not minutes. We then ran through an underground passage, passed the City Hall and down Museum Avenue where we stopped to do sprints.

Welcome to St Monica’s Primary School

The headmistress of the school, Abigail, was there to greet us at the task accompanied by Gary the school Caretaker. We lost the camera crew at this point... we were just too quick ;) They caught up with us though after about 10 minutes - Worry not!

Abigail afforded us with information about the school and the tasks the school need our help completing. Our tasks for the night included:

  • The doors need a good waxing
  • The door handles need a polish with brasso
  • The catering hatch needs painting.

Without further ado runners got straight to it. Maya began painting the wall by the catering hatch and the other runners focused on the doors between them. Gary supported runners completing the tasks too.

Here’s your riddle folks: What is the first number that contains the letter A starting from zero? Think you know? Comment below!

10 minutes remaining!

Ben gave a real-time countdown on the time runners had left to complete the tasks. Also to mention, Charlotte’s karate kid impression of Wax on, wax off, was completely spot on. Mr Miyagi better be careful... we have found the real Miss Miyagi!

TiME IS UP... We regrouped for a photo and in the process ?lost Gary! He was in the maze of corridors locking up but we found him again and he was safe :) Abigail and Gary both thanked us for our efforts and said they couldn't believe the difference we made in such a short amount of time!

Now I know how quick you guys work I've got lots of ideas of tasks for you all in the future... Abigail said which was music to our ears!

On the way back Lucy and Ellen backmarked together... This helped make sure we were all safe and stayed together - Thanks guys! Nearly at Yr Hen Llyfrgell we arrived at the usual point where we all dig out that final sprint finish, however the floor was quite wet and slippery so Ben advised against it... alas, the majority could not resist an attempt to get on the 'Strava Leaderboard Segment' for the GoodGym Cardiff sprint finish. Rachel and Elly, it was awesome to have you running with us this evening and we hope you enjoyed the antics and you’ll come running with us again!

With another good deed in the bag and the school looking great ready for the children to arrive tomorrow we headed to the Glassworks for a well earned beverage. A for effort guys! ... No homework this week!

Who came up with the title of the run report?

Coming up with the title of this week's run report and this week's winner of the RunPunStiltSkin Award, well done to Darren! Awesome suggestion, in fact, we adoor it!

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Report written by Benjamin Annear

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