Group run

Rollering in the deep!

16 runners ran 7.0km to help the Odd Down community cafe group in Bath.

  • Bath runner
  • Sam Ollason
  • Rebecca
  • Christopher Lai
  • Allie Fisher
  • Alicia Cooper
  • Max McDermott
  • Sophie Demetriades
  • Bath runner
  • Luke Green
  • Will
  • Phoebe Smith
  • Robert Carter
  • Marion Dieleman
  • Majid Moosavian
  • Stephen Girling
Tuesday, 28th of January 2020
Led by Sam Ollason

Last night we were originally due to paint and reorganise a communal space at Pathways, but due to a change of plans we ran to Odd Down Sports Ground to paint the inside of their community cafe and clean their children's toys. The route we took was essentially one big hill and were all pleased to complete a steep 7km training run.

Welcome, Sophie, Luke and Stephen!

When we met at the leisure centre we welcomed three runners to their first run with GoodGym Bath. Sophie and Luke have run with other GoodGym groups before and it was Stephen's first ever GoodGym event. It was great to have you all along to join us and thanks for your help. I hope we see you again soon!

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A night of two tasks

The first main task was painting the walls around the room. The community space is used a lot by different sports groups and members of the public and so they get quite mucky. There were spills on the walls by the teas/coffee area and there were marks from where old posters have been removed. We split into teams to improve the walls: some of us covered the edges with frog tape, others cleaned the walls down, others used the big roller brushes to clean the main areas of the walls and finally other runners swept in behind to paint the edges and skirting board with finer brushes. It required a lot of team work and coordination to get it right in the short amount of time we had and we were really pleased to get it all done.

The second big task was to spray and wipe down as much as we could. The cafe has a large collection of plastic and wooden toys and there are lots of tables and high chairs. A group of runners put their gloves on and got to work. This was a really important job to keep the cafe clean and free from germs.

Finally, we thoroughly cleaned and tidied where we had been. We took a group picture and then ran back down the hill to the leisure centre.


Thanks to Ali and her team at the cafe for hosting us at such short notice. Thanks to everyone who turned out last night to make the task a success. It was a classic example of where we can make a huge difference in a short space of time. And also thanks in particular to Chris, Emily and Rachel for backmarking for us.

Report written by Sam Ollason

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Wednesday January 29th, 2020 23:57

Nice work, everyone. I think Chris could soon be challenging Kipchoge in the near-future!

Sam Ollason
Sam Ollason
Friday January 31st, 2020 12:33

Thanks for the support, Will! It was a great team effort!

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Sam Ollason

Sam Ollason
Bath Coordinator. I love helping people get fit and volunteer at the same time.

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    Make sure that no one is left behind

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    • Christopher Lai
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