We Ran Bournemouth

11 GoodGymers made their way in a race in Newham.

  • Paul Cornick
  • Folkestone & Hythe runner
  • Rosa
  • John Shirley
  • Hilary
  • Sharon
  • Kevin Prince
  • Brad Purnell
  • Graham Johnson
  • Dan Benwell
  • Dimple
Friday, 6th of October 2023
Led by Sharon

Just back from a wonderful long weekend in Bournemouth.

Glad the tube strike was called off as made getting to Waterloo easier for those who traveled down to Dorset on Friday.

Quick stop for a beer before heading to our accommodation for the weekend,after a freshen up we headed towards the beach to find fish a chips for lunch.....which took a lot longer than we anticipated but it was worth the wait as they tasted wonderful.

Rosa and Graham had decided to add to the weekends entertainment by setting us Taskmaster challenges.Graham was our taskmaster and Rosa played a beautiful Little Alex Horne.

One of the tasks was to by another team member an outfit to be worn at our pasta party on Saturday night,sadly we had missed the shops on Friday so we headed for more beer and to play shuffle board before going out for dinner a slow bimble back to our apartments so we would be ready for parkrun on Saturday.

Paul with much persuasion agreed to go to his first parkrun,I think he decided that was easier than the taskmaster forfeit for non attendance which was to write a poem so Dimple,Kevin and I began to regret not getting up but on the plus side for the park runners we had a full english breakfast ready for the runners on their return.

Dan and Tim also had the joy of poem writing while taking the replacement bus service to Bournemouth.

A trip to buy the outfits was followed by a beach picnic with Dan and Tim finally able to come and join the fun,a few of us went for a swim and it was fine once you got in.

Pasta filled the teams stomach and the fashion show was so much fun as was watching the videos that 'Alex' had recorded of us completing a task from earlier in the day.

Dan was crowned taskmaster champion with Tim coming last and gaining a forfeit of the Taskmaster picking his outfit for when we went out for Sunday dinner post race.

Sunday was a very early start for the 10ks as we had a bus to catch to get is to Hengistbury Head for the start of the race at 9am. A lovely course with a little up hill at the beginning before turning round to head down to the prom to run in to Bournemouth including out and back along Boscombe and Bournemouth pier.

A lie in for the half marathon team who had John join them after making his way down late Saturday evening. A few more hills for the half and because it started at 11am was a lot warmer for them.

Post race we headed into Boscombe for dinner and a few drinks Dan and John had to leave as had buses/trains to catch to get back to London.

A couple of the half marathoners headed for a nap while the rest of us took a walk along the beach to watch the sun go down. After a nap and batteries recharged most of the team headed in to Bournemouth for some beers and a quiz night.

As I had an upset stomach before the race I decided an early night was in order and Kev stayed to look after me.

A final walk to the beach this morning to have breakfast over looking the sea.

This is our 6th GoodGym Newham on tour and planning discussions have already started for our next trip.

Report written by Sharon

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