Community mission

Mulcholland Drive

4 runners ran to help their local community in Wandsworth.

  • Gosia Rybacka
  • Rafal Wrzaszcz
  • Hanna
  • James Collins
Saturday, 29th of February 2020
Led by Gosia Rybacka

Today, we were helping out The Friends of Figges Mach in moving mulch so they can plant a copse in their local park 🌳. In the morning, the weather was pretty rough, but a heavy rain 🌧 is definitely not convincing enough to stop us from spreading some GG cheer 🌟 in the neighborhood this weekend.

We arrived just after 10 AM ⏰ and were pretty impressed as – despite of the rain – a large group πŸ‘₯πŸ‘₯ (~20 people) turned up, motivated and ready to plant trees. We were asked to grab wheelbarrows and go to the nearest mulch pile (which was not so near at all πŸ˜‹). When arrived, we had a task of loading up our wheelbarrows with mulch using spade or fork and then take it all back to the tree planting spot. When back, we were unloading the mulch directly around freshly planed trees or on a side – depending on instructions πŸ“ƒ.

Great workout πŸ‹οΈβ€β™€οΈπŸ‹οΈβ€β™‚οΈ (no need an expensive gym to practice farmers walks!) and pretty easy task though it seemed to get harder and harder πŸ˜“ each completed round. Most of the route could be done on a pavement, but we had an option to cut the distance by navigating through the grass 🌱🌱🌱(though it was a bit more challenging because of the bumpy and muddy surface).

When we thought that the weather could not get any worse a hail started 🌨. It just needed to happen though so - when feeling completely wet and freezing - we have been joyfully rewarded with beams of sunlight 🌞 that appeared 10 minutes after. Hanna even performed a celebratory workout, smiling and squatting towards a clean blue sky πŸ˜‚. It immediately got easier to do the rounds then drying out and being bathed in the sunshine.

Around noon everyone gathered for a little break, to warm themselves up with a cup of tea/coffee β˜•, grab few biscuits πŸͺ and join a quick photo shoot πŸ“Έ.

Our final result - we cleared 1 of 2 the mulch piles, and around ΒΌ of the 2nd one, located a bit further from the tree planers. The whole event finished at 1 PM, but the group is planning to come back tomorrow to continue the work. The organizers thanked us for help, calling GG runners their today’s β€œwheelbarrow heroes”. No matter how honourable this title sounds πŸ˜‚, we all felt like we did something to be proud of today 🀩😌.

Report written by Gosia Rybacka

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Saturday February 29th, 2020 17:23

Thanks you so much Gosia for the excellent report!

Such as pleasure to meet you 3 - well done!!!! Hopefully we can have picnic on the green in the summer.

Gosia Rybacka
Gosia Rybacka
Saturday February 29th, 2020 22:28

It was lovely to meet you Hanna! Well done for staying despite of this crazy weather πŸ’ͺ. Hope you liked my photo collage with your celebratory workout. It was epic 🀩🀣.

Gosia Rybacka
Gosia Rybacka
Sunday March 1st, 2020 07:46

Hi All, remember to click on "Log your mission" in the email from GG to confirm you have attended the mission. I can't do it from here. Thanks!

Neasa Mc Nulty
Neasa Mc Nulty
Monday March 2nd, 2020 17:40

Lovely to meet you all, my arms were feeling the burn the next day πŸ˜‚ not sure I received an email Gosia but all good!

James Collins
James Collins
Monday March 2nd, 2020 18:19

Sorry, mission log email went to spam

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