Group run

Rooting around for lumber

5 GoodGymers made their way 4km to help the Crystal Palace Museum in Bromley.

  • Bromley runner
  • Bromley runner
  • Clare Silver
  • Holly Priaulx
  • Alex Hesketh
Tuesday, 5th of July 2022
Led by Bromley runner
he, him

With Mark enjoying a well deserved holiday, five GoodGymers went for an adventure of our own to a new task at Crystal Palace Museum. The Museum building stands next to a surviving base of one of Isambard Kingdom Brunel's large water towers that fed water to the park, and they'd like to restore it so that it can join the trunk the museum experience. There was a lot of foliage inside that needed clearing, which is where our branch of GoodGym came in.

We set off on a planned ~2km run around the northeast side of the park, but, wood you believe it, the tear down from the Wireless Festival at the weekend was still ongoing, requiring us to loop back down to the bottom and up the south side of the park to get to the museum. Our question of the week was "Have you walked up a hill worse than Anerley Hill?", and Claire told us about her childhood home up a very, very steep hill!

Once we arrived, we got to work moving all from logs to twigs out of the overgrown tower and into the yard, building our production line with Alex and Holly inside the tower moving plant matter out to the entrance tunnel, and myself, Nick and Claire moving it out and down the narrow path. Claire's driving skills with the excess loads on the wheelbarrow were top notch, whilst Nick brought out his inner lumberjack, carrying some seriously heavy looking timber without a sweat!

After a solid 40 minutes of clearing the space out, we said our goodbyes to the Museum, hoping that our work would help them turn another new leaf in the restoration, and took a much more direct route down the Park back to the Bridge House.

Well done, team!

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