Stone Me did the Earth Move!

15 runners ran 5.8km to help the Friends of Latchmete Recreation Ground in Kingston upon Thames.

  • Richmond runner
  • Mark Barun
  • Kingston upon Thames runner
  • Claire Murphy
  • Kingston upon Thames runner
  • Rob Haworth
  • Tom Peacock
  • Hannah Cochrane
  • Adam Stephens
  • Donna White
  • Claire Dunne
  • Emily Alder
  • Susi
  • Owen
  • Graham Lloyds
Tuesday, 28th of January 2020
Led by Mark Barun

Having enjoyed the comfort of some warm tasks on our group runs over the past few weeks we braced ourselves for a task in the great and rather cold outdoors. Once we had welcomed new member Owen to his first run and Emily back for her second Kingston task we decided how many layers we really needed before leaving the warmth of Guildhall.

Our first stop was the market square for a much needed warm up. Mark had us playing stuck in the mud with a few jumping jacks involved for good measure and then working in pairs on a set of squats and lunges to make sure we were fully warm for our run.

Then off we went running along the river and up into the roads of Kingston for 3km until we reached our task at Latchmere Recreation Ground where we were met by members of the Friends of Latchmere. Four GoodGym members headed off in one direction to get shovelling while the rest set off to get digging.

A large amount of earth needed clearing from a concrete area behind some storage containers so that a shed could be built and there was lots of earth for our GoodGym team to move.

Across the other side of the recreation ground 5 holes needed to be dug 2ft square and 1ft deep for fruit trees to be planted. This was easier said than done when we got through the turf and the topsoil to find lots of huge rocks. It was time for the pick axe to take over from the shovels to loosen those rocks.

Rocks removed we kept digging and emptying the holes until they were deep enough. Once ready we refilled them backwards with the turf on the bottom and topsoil on top.

They are now all ready to have fruit trees planted in them on Thursday when the Friends of Latchmere volunteers go to the park to complete the planting.

By this point the warmth of the run and the digging and shovelling had worn off and it was time for another 3km run back to Guildhall and a good warm down on the steps.

Well done to our Owen and Emily on competing their first and second tasks.

Thanks to Martell for being backmarker and Caroline for leading the walking group.

Looking forward to seeing you all next week!!

Report written by Claire Dunne

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Donna White
Donna White
Tuesday January 28th, 2020 23:02

Great run report - Thanks Claire! 👍🏽 Dx

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Mark Barun
Led by Mark Barun

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Runners helping out
  • Back marker

    Make sure that no one is left behind

    • Kingston upon Thames runner
  • Report Writer

    Will be in charge of writing the run report

    • Claire Dunne
  • Walk Leader

    Lead a walking group to the task

    • Kingston upon Thames runner

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