Group run

They see us rollin', we paintin'

9 runners ran 8.0km to help the Age UK Wiltshire in Swindon.

  • Mike Oakes
  • Emma Sperring
  • Tracy Kingsley
  • Swindon runner
  • Jason Higgs
  • Lily
  • Tracey C
  • Gabrielle Newson
Tuesday, 10th of March 2020
Led by Mike Oakes

A small but perfectly formed group of runners gathered outside Oasis, remarking just how light the evenings have got lately (why does it always seem like a surprise?). Enjoying the novelty of being able to fully see each other, we shared our favourite thing to do on holiday - in summary, we're a simple bunch. When we're with friends, family and have some good food - with a sprinkle of running in exotic places thrown in for good measure, we're pretty happy!

Led by Mike we set of to the task, running and chatting away, leaping over some muddy puddles to keep us on our toes. Tonight we were tasked with finishing off painting we started on Pancake Day at Age UK at Toothill Community Centre - ridding the walls of an oeuf-ul lot of yellow! Matt, renowned for being the host with the most (and complete with waistcoat) was there to greet us with platters of biscuits and the best drinks selection at a task yet! We Munch-ed on biscuits and s'Gogh-ed Fanta, tea, and sparkling flavoured water, but Emma the Trainer's diva request for a latte was one step too far! She did deserve royal treatment after her radio appearance on BBC Wiltshire earlier the same day, spreading some GoodGym goodwill on the airwaves.

When we just couldn't eat any more biscuits, we thought we better get on with the task at hand. Charles donned his painting sweater (I need to Rembrandt mine next time), Tracy declared she would do the cutting in, Jason did a stellar job of paint distribution and we we're off.

This time we not only had to finish the hall, but had to tackle the toilet too, with some outstanding modelling from Stuart reminding us just what a toilet was for, in case we forgot! Lily covered the most ground (wall?) in the toilet, painting the wall, cupboard and also most of her arm magnolia. A top notch job all round - Monet couldn’t buy!

Finally it was time for photos… in portrait, landscape and not forgetting the all-important square version too! Then just under 4km back, re-routed to avoid the mud and with a sprint finish for some, to the Oasis for homemade cake to celebrate Charles, Stuart, Tracey and Tracy becoming one year older - not that you could ever tell! It was also Jason's 50th run with GoodGym tonight - congratulations Jason! At this rate Swindon GoodGym will be mistaken for the All Blacks any time soon.

Next week we will be running about 8km to 'plog' (that's litter picking for the uninitiated few) around the Link Centre in West Centre. Hope to see you (in daylight) at 6pm at the Oasis Leisure Centre - just look out for our red (and black) tops. Check it out here!

Report written by Gabrielle Newson

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Emma Sperring
Emma Sperring
Sunday March 15th, 2020 16:45

Loving the puns Gaby! 😆 Fab Report! Thank you 👍

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Mike Oakes
Led by Mike Oakes

Swindon TaskForce Member & Run Leader 🏃‍♂️ Run Reporter ✏️ Lover of bad jokes 🤓 Go GoodGym! 🙌🏻

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  • Report Writer

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    • Gabrielle Newson
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    Take photos for the run report

    • Emma Sperring

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