Group run

Sizing up the shirt to flirt and the cotton to never be forgotten

24 runners ran 6.6km to help the YMCA Cardiff Retail Store in Cardiff.

  • Mikey
  • Emma Wilkins
  • Benjamin Annear
  • Cardiff runner
  • Su Fernandez
  • Lowri Davies
  • Aimee Giles
  • Martin Graff
  • Cardiff runner
  • Adam
  • Rosie
  • David McCullough
  • Darren Raz-Nick
  • Molly
  • Gweni Llwyd
  • Owen Mather
  • Peter Gillibrand
  • Marion
  • Mathew
  • Matt Callanan
  • Emily Cotterill
  • Katy
  • Anthony Yates
  • Mike
Tuesday, 27th of November 2018
Led by Benjamin Annear

It’s Tuesday I hear you say? Yes, that’s right! It’s Tuesday and that can only mean one thing… It’s GoodGym day.

A great turnout at GoodGym Cardiff tonight with a whopping 24 runners making an appearance – You are amazing! We started our run with a headcount and by shouting out our favourite fruit. There were plenty of kiwi, banana and mango lovers amongst us... and now the whole of queen street know! Does anyone know why the banana went to the doctors? It wasn’t peeling well – I know, I know, comedy gold – You’ll find me at Glee Club sometime in the future. Feeling warm, ripe (nice inserted reference to fruit) and ready, we had no more time to waste.

This evening we banana split ourselves into two groups to run to the task; Darren, who did his hair especially for this evening’s run was, of course, leading the sexy runners. Ben led the speedy runners. The sexy runners, flaunting their running legs, took a direct route to the task whilst the speedy runners, not flaunting their legs as much, stopped to do press-ups, star jumps and squat jumps – Martin said he was tired so this was the plan to wake him up! He claimed it didn't work but we didn't see another yawn out of him!

Welcome to the YMCA you amazing GoodGym lot

Tony invited us into the store and greeted us with a warm welcome. There was no messing around with Tony and he was quick to let us know what our task would be that evening. He said we had to put small cubes that corresponded with the size of the clothes onto the correct hangers…. “No problem” we all said and quickly everyone got stuck straight in... Weeeeeee.

Lowri caught sign of the card game ‘Stare’. She took the name of the game quite literally and was captivated by it, staring at the box for what must have been 10 minutes. Darren began riding on a child’s rocking horse… living the dream. Matt from Let’s Make Good Happen had his picture taken with a teenage mutant ninja turtle - New profile photo? Mike was back for his second run with GoodGym and he appeared to love this week’s task, really relishing in the opportunity to do good! Both Molly and Katy tried out the sofa, their verdict was that it was so comfortable that they struggled to get up from it... Unfortunately for the sofa has already been sold. There is also a photo of Owen with a new friend he met at the YMCA and Lewis with Peppa pig!

After 30 minutes of helping out Tony was pleased with everyone’s efforts. He said “you’ve done exactly what we wanted and it’s great all the clothes now have sizing cubes on their hangers”. Tony then invited us to stay an extra 5 minutes to have mince pies and a group photo before we headed back.... Oh go on then, if you insist ;) Aware that it isn’t long until Christmas and that it is unlikely we will be visiting the YMCA before then, we all said Nadolig Llawen to Tony when we left and thanked him for giving us an AWESOME reason to run.

The time has come to run back

We began the run back to town as one group and then split into smaller sub groups, regrouping at the Big Moose Café at the end of the run. Whilst doing our warm down exercises we reflected on evening's run which we all agreed was absolutely great fun! A successful #GivingTuesday run if I do say so myself!

Unsure about getting involved? Just come along :) Everyone is friendly and we make sure nobody gets left behind!!

Don’t forget folks…

  • Sign up to get involved in putting up the Christmas decorations at Herbert Thompson Primary School on Thursday 29th December by clicking here
  • Help set up the Grangetown Christmas market on Saturday 1st December by clicking here
  • Celebrate Christmas with residents of the Vale who rarely able to get involved in events in their community. This is taking place on the Monday 1st December. Click here to get signed up
  • Don’t forget to join in next week’s group run by clicking here. We will be running to help out our friends at the Forget-Me-Not charity again.

So in summary, there is lots of stuff going on that you can get involved with!

Report written by Benjamin Annear

Discuss this report

Martin Graff
Martin Graff
Wednesday November 28th, 2018 10:55

A fun night as usual.

sign in to add a comment

Led by

Benjamin Annear

Benjamin Annear
Hello, i'm Ben! I'm the trainer of GoodGym Cardiff! Please get in touch with any questions and click support to follow updates.

Runners helping out

  • Photographer

    Take photos for the run report

    • Darren Raz-Nick
  • Back marker

    Make sure that no one is left behind

    • Rosie

Share the love

Join us on the next run

Helping the wonderful Samye Mindfulness and Wellbeing Foundation!

Tuesday 18:15 - 20:00
Led by Benjamin Annear
Big Moose Coffee Co

Find out more

Become a member

Optional £9.95 monthly donation

  • Run to help older people
  • Get the support of a qualified trainer
  • Access group runs across the country
  • Claim your GoodGym t-shirt from New Balance

Need help with a community project?

If you're a community organisation and have a physical task then we'd like to help.

Request a task

Cookies help us deliver our services. By using our services, you agree to our use of cookies. Learn more