Group run

We Roll With It

8 runners ran 6.0km to help the Go4 in Colchester.

  • Dan Norkett
  • Tav
  • Hannah Grinham
  • Bob Thompson
  • Emma Woollard
  • Vanessa Crannis
  • Ella Jeffries
  • Marcela Vivanco
Wednesday, 11th of December 2019
Led by Tav

(Kudos to Bob for the title)

On a wintry Wednesday night, eight cheery Goodgymers met for an evening of running and painting. Tav had a friendly chat with a newcomer who had popped in for more information on GoodGym, whilst we discussed important issues like the best route to the Christmas meal venue! It was lovely to see Stu who stopped by with smiles and greetings that sent us on our way with added fervour. News items included a reminder of the mission run this Saturday at 11am to The Cannons for carol singing and general Christmas merriment with the residents there. We will be under the guidance of our talented musician, Emily, so it’s sure to be a fun and wholesome occasion. It will be great to have a sizeable group and you don’t have to be an expert singer, it’s all about creating a festive occasion and making a positive difference to the lives of those in the home; so pack your sparkle and your voice and join in…simple! Note too, that if you come with a friend – a potential GoodGym member – you could be rewarded with a special GoodGym jumper, the perfect partner for your Christmas jumper! The run announcement was the Victoria Park half marathon and 10K this weekend – good luck to Ella who is taking part as practice for her spring marathon.

So then our run, which took us out under the gorgeous silvery moon for a pace along the river, up steadfast Brook Street, out onto the dark recreation ground to the guiding lights of GO4 social enterprise café. Our task tonight was painting the toilet areas which meant a substantial area of wall to freshen. We worked in two teams, one for the blue paint and one for the white - how sensible! Then it was a task of two halves with a stylish look of two-tone rooms, blue for the bottom half and white for the top. We all loved Pepi’s choice of fresh turquoise/ aquamarine/azure (much discussion - we couldn’t decide) and agreed it brightened the cloakrooms perfectly. We stuck at it, rolling, brushing, balancing on ladders, bending on delicate knees, reaching under pipes and stretching up on toes until our painterly workout was done. The result was amazing and it just needs a patient Pepi to do the cutting in and fill the tricky gaps with colour and GO4 will have been spruced up nicely.

Tav took the time for a brief interview with Piter about the valuable activities organised at the café to help improve the lives of community members, especially the unemployed, through training and work experience. The café is worth a visit, it’s open five days a week – Wednesday to Sunday - and you can support a worthy cause whilst eating attractive Christmas cupcakes (I’ve seen them) and admiring the local artwork and a wall plastered with endearing photos of dogs! We enjoyed our time at GO4 and after a warm goodbye to Pepi and Piter we blasted out into the freezing air and ran our painterly legs across the grass, shelving any Spurs talk in favour of talk about the much anticipated ‘Twelve Days of Christmas’ GoodGym version. Inspired by last week’s foodbank singsong, Ella has worked hard to produce a GG take on this famous festive song, taking time to replicate the exact rhythmic pattern (Alex’s request). What a star! We look forward to joining the rendition of that on Friday. What will replace the Five Gold Rings?

We traced the same route back to the Leisure World bridge where we stretched and cooled down our well-exercised limbs. It was a fabulous evening with running friends and a very worthy GoodGym keep fit and do good session. Thank you and hope to see lots of you on Friday.

Report written by Vanessa Crannis

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Ian Bown
Ian Bown
Thursday December 12th, 2019 10:41

Excellent report Vanessa

Michelle-Yoda Lewington
Michelle-Yoda Lewington
Thursday December 12th, 2019 12:16

Superb run report Vanessa x

Vanessa Crannis
Vanessa Crannis
Thursday December 12th, 2019 20:12

Thank you. I was a bit shaky given it's my first time but the goodness and bonhomie of the GoodGym crowd makes the writing enjoyable.

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    Lead a walking group to the task

    • Ella Jeffries
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    Will be in charge of writing the run report

    • Vanessa Crannis
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    Make sure that no one is left behind

    • Ella Jeffries

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