No Hill Too Steep, No Pond Too Deep!
18 runners ran 5.0km to help the Marypole & Mincinglake Allotment Association in Exeter.
- Tuesday, 10th of September 2019
- Led by Klara Kjellgren
18 runners ran 5.2 k to help the Mincinglake and Marypole Allotment Association with one of their amenity plots. This included digging a pond and creating a bug hotel! We had two new runners joining us this evening, Maeve and Anna. We hope you loved it and will be back soon again!
We ran a total of 5.2 k this stunning evening, some mixed flat and hilly bits and we had a beautiful sunset to enjoy for most of it! One of the hills that we climbed was quite long and steep so we went through some hill running technique, especially the importance of not leaning into the hill but to keep your chest up and drive your hips forward. This makes breathing so much easier and also enables you to pull your knees up high and to get those quick and light steps in.
Living in Exeter you just got to learn to love hills!
Whilst we were re-grouping we managed some squats, lunges, triceps-dips and press-ups. A big thank you to Sarah who back-marked so that no-one got lost or left behind!
We also carried out a core session this evening. We did ten different types of core exercises for 30 seconds each. By keeping your core strong you will become a well balanced runner, you will keep a good posture even when you feel tired at the end of your runs and your speed will improve. Absolutely brilliant effort everyone (even those of you who tried to hide away from the core session ha ha ha)!
At the task we were welcomed by Simon from the Mincinglaka and Marypole Allotment Association who explained that they are aiming to develop the amenity plot so that it can be enjoyed by everyone at the allotments. We worked for 35 minutes with the following tasks:
- Digging a pond
- Rolling a metal barrel up a hill for recycling collection
- Cutting back overgrowth
- Creating a FANTASTIC bug's hotel by piling up logs and branches (check it out in the pictures!)
It’s amazing how much we got done! 18 of us working for 35 minutes is equivalent of 10.5 hours of work! This clearly shows that you are all are making such a difference by coming along and getting stuck in with all these tasks together on Tuesday evenings! Such great work everyone!
Next week we will run to the Wonford area and help the Wonford Planters, a small volunteer gardening group, with some gardening tasks in the Burnthouse Lane estate. It will be a lovely run and we can make a real difference in this area! Don't forget that next week is pretty special as it is the 10 year anniversary of the GoodGym so we will have the big GoodGym birthday flag with us for some nice photos. Sign up here to come along!. It will be great!
We have our first community mission coming up in Exeter soon! So exciting! Make your own way to the Westbank in Exminster on Saturday 21st September where you will meet other GoodGym runners and work together with some gardening tasks in their allotment. This is a great way for you to plan your own run and still get that good feeling of having carried out a good deed. The Westbank is 5 k from Exeter quay and the run along the canal path is lovely. You always cycle or walk some of it if running 5 k both ways feels too far. There is also a regular bus service between the Westbank and Exeter city centre, leaving every 30 minutes from just outside the Westbank. Tell your friends and family about this and sign up here to come along. There will be birthday cake too as this is part of the GoodGym 10 year birthday celebrations!
Lets finish with a big thank you to Phoenix Art Centre for being our starting point and to the Westbank for funding us in the area! To all runners who took part this evening- YOU ARE ALL AMAZING! You ran so well, worked so hard on all exercises and you made such a big difference by working together at the task! See you all very soon for some more fun and getting fit by doing good!
Report written by Klara Kjellgren
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