Group run

Newtown Preschool helped by New-in-town Rungroup

28 runners ran 4.6km to help the Newtown Community Preschool in Exeter.

  • Rachel White
  • Liz Dunbar
  • Florence Lock
  • Abigail Miller
  • Jamie Brown
  • Klara Kjellgren
  • Angela Relle
  • Lizzie
  • Samuel Willcocks
  • Joanna
  • Lewis Plumb
  • Vicky Hutchinson
  • Caitlin
  • Joe Willcocks
  • Exeter runner
  • Kim
  • Fiona
  • Ellie
  • Lisa
  • Simon
  • Pete Hodges
  • Catherine Dawson
  • Nic Walker
  • Lucy B
  • Debs Francis
  • Louise Vennells
  • Becca
  • Nick
Tuesday, 3rd of September 2019
Led by Klara Kjellgren

28 runners ran 4 k to prepare Newtown’s Community Preschool for the start of term. Brilliant to see so many runners returning again and fantastic to welcome 18 (!) new runners to our group!

After signing in and locking our bags up at the Phoenix Art Center we jogged over to the Rougemont Gardens for a dynamic warm up session. It is hard to say what we enjoyed the most- the actual warm-up exercises or the cheering on by some slightly merry members of the public?

We then had a nice and flat (at least by Exeter standards) 2 k run to the task, Newtowns Community Preschool. The evening was nice and warm and it was lovely to hear everyone chatting along the way. We stopped at regular intervals to re-groups and we also managed some press-ups, wall squats, lunges and triceps dips. Great work everyone and a big thank you to Sam who back marked so that no one got left behind!

At the preschool we were welcomed by Debbie who had filled a big white board with lists of jobs that needed doing. There was certainly a lot to do and great with such a variety of jobs! We quickly got stuck in with the following:

  • Weeding
  • Sanding down shelves
  • Digging
  • Transporting soil in wheelbarrows
  • Clearing out and refilling a sandpit
  • Painting
  • Making a mud kitchen
  • Cleaning carpets and walls

It was amazing to see how much we achieved in just 40 minutes! The mud kitchen was made with the soil that we dug up on our launch evening at the community building in Belmont park. Great to see this come to use! The whole preschool looked great when we left.

The children will love it when they come back after their summer holidays!

On the return run we stopped in Belmont Park for a HIIT style circuit training session, which also included a running element. Everyone gave it all they had and worked super hard! We had a lot of faces matching the red GoodGymt-shirt. Obviously something to aim for every week!

After the circuit training we ran back to the Phoenix where we carried out some stretches and talked about some dates for our diaries:

Saturday 7th September: If you’re free and feel like doing doing a Parkrun come along to Exeter Riverside Parkrun this Saturday (7th). We hope to be a few GoodGym runners there together and we can have some coffee and cake (obviously just as important as running) afterwards. A great way to kick start the weekend!

Saturday 21st September: We have our very first community mission in Exeter on Saturday 21st September. This is a perfect date for it as it is the same day as the GoodGym will make a nationwide effort to complete the most community missions ever in one day, as part of the GoodGym 10 year anniversary celebrations! Amazingly it looks like our community mission will take place at the Westbank which is fantastic as the Westbank is funding the GoodGym in our area! More information about this will follow soon. For now just save the date. It will be fab!

Next Group Run: Next week we will run to Mincinglake and Marypole allotments to help them develop one of their plots.The run is 5 k in total, with a few hills, but nothing too steep! All abilities are welcome! We will also start with our monthly core session next week. Sign up here to join! It will be great to see you there!

To finish of with I have to say brilliant work again everyone! So happy to see our group growing and to get to know you all! Let’s keep up the good work and get fit by doing good!

Report written by Klara Kjellgren

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Tuesday September 3rd, 2019 23:18

Thanks for a great run Klara and well done everyone! I loved being part of my first goodgym group run and can’t wait for more. Love it!

Wednesday September 4th, 2019 07:11

Really enjoyed this session - thanks to Klarna and the lovely group! Hope to see you all next week!

Wednesday September 4th, 2019 10:22

Thank you Klara and Sam for such a great session. Really enjoyed my first GoodGym group run and looking forward to the next one for Newtown Community Primary School - see you in a couple of weeks 😄

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Klara Kjellgren

Klara Kjellgren
Trainer for GoodGym Exeter, coming summer 2019.

Runners helping out

  • Back marker

    Make sure that no one is left behind

    • Samuel Willcocks

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