Group run

On the Stray and Barrow

19 GoodGymers made their way 7.0km to help the Bootham Stray Allotments in York.

  • York runner
  • Leanne
  • Ed Woollard
  • Nicola Gover
  • Jenna Drury
  • Ben Dove
  • Bec
  • York runner
  • York runner
  • Mitch
  • Debs Sharpe
  • Vicky Hearson
  • Michael Leadbetter
  • Laura Barrett
  • James Sandie
  • Joanna Delgado
  • Lyndsey Hay
  • Jamie
  • Dan Cashdan
Monday, 22nd of April 2024
Led by Ed Woollard

Another night, another midge death squad. This time it was the turn of Bootham Stray allotments to experience a midge swarm of biblical proportions. Note to self, if it's been raining then bring bug spray!

As tonight was well over 6k in total we met for promptly at 6.15 to set the party pace group off, joined by a small GG bike gang. Ed led the remaining GGers after welcoming newcomer Dan and numbering off by naming our favourite flat things in honour of Earth Day. I'm informed that Hydrostatic Bearings are the best flat things ever!

We arrived at Bootham Stray allotments and soon got to work turning over a disused patch that really needed a lot of work. And then the midges came...

I feel ticklish all over - Ben

On one side, Mitch's tool of choice was a 4-pronged spinny thing that he used to twist the weeds together, as if he were eating a bowl of spaghetti. Whilst the rest of the crew, armed with forks and spades, soon made light work of the turf, weeds and roots before tackling bigger things like old guttering and ground sheets.

It was an entirely different vibe over on the other side with Bec spending the night on the tiles whilst Dan got hammered, as the two of them uncovered some old tiling and the head of a hammer respectively.

As the night wore on the midges got the better of us and we called it a day, but not before a group photo and some jaffa cakes kindly provided by the task owner. We then set off back to the Priory Street Centre where Bec learnt that spinning around helps you to touch your toes, and that if you touch a wall with your armed stretched out, then put your arm down, you'll fall just short of touching the wall when you bring your arm back up. Who knew!?!?

Report written by Ed Woollard

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