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O dour, O dour, GoodGym litter-ally have a nose for rubbish!

15 runners ran 4.6km to help the Colchester Borough Council, Colchester Castle Park rangers, and Keep Britain Tidy in Colchester.

  • Ian Bown
  • Dan Norkett
  • Jade Jones
  • Tav
  • Bob Thompson
  • Emma Woollard
  • Vanessa Crannis
  • Ella Jeffries
  • Detti
  • Katherine Rose
  • Rosie T
  • Phil Hitchins
  • James
  • Rosalind Moody
  • Rebecca Oguntade
Wednesday, 15th of July 2020
Led by Vanessa Crannis

We had a tremendous turn out tonight for our litter pick along the River Colne for Keep Britain Tidy and RiverCare. Fourteen energetic GoodGymers armed themselves with pickers and sacks to tidy a beautiful area used by walkers, runners, cyclists and nature lovers. It's good to help maintain a clean and safe outdoor space, especially so close to play and leisure amenities and the popular Castle Park. We split into two groups, with one covering the Kings Meadow and Middle Mill area, and the other taking the route East along Riverside. The rain eased off and nature showed us its best with rich green river plants, elegant swans and cygnets, bindweed, poppies, ducklings and a nosy herring gull. Speculative rats ran along the lake's edge and we even celebrated their place in the world! We filled a good number of sacks, all weighed down with assorted remnants of people's lives: cans, fast-food packaging, wrappers, party balloons, hair bands, phone cases and plastic, plastic, plastic. Ella got top picker in our team with her mega pizza box! Littering is a great shame, a menace for people and wildlife, and so sad to see. But we plogged along in usual good spirits, putting the world back in shape and our minds back in good form. The groups met back at Leisure World where we compared finds and joked about this being possibly the smelliest litter pick to date. GoodGym Colchester certainly have a nose for rubbish! We safely disposed of the sacks in the large Council bins behind the Leisure Centre. We were thrilled to welcome Detti to our group tonight. We also commend Katherine on her 49th good deed and Rosalind who has now reached her 10th task - significant milestones.
With GoodGym Colchester's 4th birthday on the horizon and an upcoming social as well, I think we're doing pretty well at keeping active and connected during these worrying and changeable times. Well done everyone!

Report written by Vanessa Crannis

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Ian Bown
Ian Bown
Thursday July 16th, 2020 06:10

Excellent report Vanessa

Vanessa Crannis
Vanessa Crannis
Thursday July 16th, 2020 07:03

I'm sorry there are scant photos from team Middle Mill. Needed to get this report out quickly as busy today, and I couldn't transfer Tav's FB photos. If you were in that group, look to FB and insta. for your smily shots!

Phil Hitchins
Phil Hitchins
Thursday July 16th, 2020 21:25

I was chatting with one of the canoeists and he was very complimentary about Goodgym. He said they were a great bunch of people doing good works. Incidentally, I didn't mention, but trod in something exceedingly smelly, nough said.

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Vanessa Crannis
GoodGym Colchester TaskForce member

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