🌬️ Wind in the willows 🍃
22 GoodGymers made their way 5.0km to help the Park Grove Primary Academy in York.
- Monday, 11th of December 2023
❄️ 21 of us met on a chilly but dry Monday evening for our group run. Once we’d dragged ourselves from the (very) warm room into the cold, we named, numbered and warmed up while discussing our favourite Christmas food. Lots of sweet and savoury classics featured, along with Max’s “traditional” Christmas Eve lasagne. I think we know where we’ll all be heading on the 24th this year…
☃️ We also celebrated Rich‘s achievement of not (quite) being caught whilst dressed as a mince pie in the 3k Chase the Pud race yesterday.
🚚 Once warmed up, Tristan led our run to the task (while two of us cycled). After a last-minute cancellation due to a broken-down van, Vicky had saved the day by letting us come to Park Grove School. Once there, we split into three groups to get to work.
🎄The first task was to finish chopping willow, something that a number of people were so keen to do that they started heading off there without any tools! Trees were climbed and branches were sawed to the sound of shouts to warn anyone in the vicinity. And I can confirm that the prettily-decorated (non-willow) Christmas tree was not harmed in the process.
🍂 Meanwhile, another team were doing some classic autumnal leaf-clearing, sweeping/raking the paths and nearby grass and gathering a good haul.
🌱 Thirdly, what was thought to be the least popular task also gathered some noble volunteers, for some weeding. New plants have been planted near the fence we’ve helped erect and then paint. Sadly, weeds have started appearing (including our arch-enemy, the infamous bindweed). Said weeds therefore needed removing to offer these new plants a chance to thrive.
🙌 All the teams got to work with gusto and make a big difference to each of their areas. Before we knew it, it was time to finish. It was therefore all hands on deck to gather the remaining willow branches and drag them to the wildlife area.
😁 Thank you Vicky (and Gary the caretaker), we hope we’ve managed to do something helpful in return for you helping us out with a task last-minute.
💪 Thank you also to Tristan who led our fitness session based on that classic primary school game “Stuck in the Mud”, with added squats, skipping and lunges. It was soon time to head back to base for a cool-down before heading home/to the pub.
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Led by Nicky Woodall
Area Activator for GoodGym York. Loves everything running, from parkrun alphabet collecting to marathons. Will run for cake!
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